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Tales in your pocket: just how to compose flash fiction

Tales in your pocket: just how to compose flash fiction David Gaffney: ‘we when took away the past two sentences of an account and left a blank web page.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian I t’s National Flash Fiction Day on Wednesday – the very first one ever – and it’s really an exciting time for me personally and others who specialise in this kind of truncated as a type of prose. a years that are few, we published a guide of flash fiction called Sawn-off Tales. But until just a short time before that, I experiencedn’t heard about flash fiction or micro-fiction or unexpected fiction or short-short tales. Then, on poet Ian McMillan’s recommendation, we parcelled up a manuscript composed entirely of the material and delivered it to Salt Publishing, a poetry professional. Fifty-eight tales, each precisely 150 terms very very long. The chances had been completely against me personally. No body would like to publish brief tales, minimum of most by the unknown. And tales that took a shorter time to read through rather than suppress a sneeze? I happened to be chancing it, We knew. We begun to create these ultra-short tales – sawn-off tales, when I call them – whenever I ended up being commuting from Manchester to Liverpool: A journey that is 50-minute usually elongated by windscreen-wiper failure, battles regarding the train, or getting stuck behind the “stopper”. But I’d a written guide, as did most people. One time while ruminating regarding the quantity of train journeys it took to learn a novel, we started initially to wonder the length of time it...