Posted in Reading, Self-publishing, Writing

Flash Debbie

Lightning
You’ll read it in a flash

Today I’m playing musical chairs on the Alliance of Independent Authors’ (ALLi) blog of self-publishing advice.

As Commissioning Editor, I’m usually behind the scenes, soliciting suitable posts for the various strands on the blog – publishing news, writing craft, marketing advice, and so on. But for once I’m writing a post myself: a feature for the Writing Craft strand.

My post focuses on writing flash fiction – those very short stories that are typically no more than 1,000 words long, compared to the 3,000 words of a conventional short story.

I only started to embrace flash fiction a couple of years ago, but already I love it with an evangelical zeal. I’m keen to encourage other writers to give it a go, to practice writing succinct, terse prose that will help them polish their writing in other genres.

  • To read my blog post for ALLi, click here.
  • To read more about my flash fiction and to try some free samples from my new collection Quick Change, click here.
  • To download Quick Change from Amazon, click here.

And now I think I’d better not let this post to go on any longer!

(Still fewer than 200 words!)

Author:

Author of warm, witty and gently funny fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, beginning with "Best Murder in Show", inspired by her life in an English Cotswold community, short stories and essays about country life. As Commissioning Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors' Advice Centre, she writes guidebooks authors. She speaks at many literature festivals and writing events, and is part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's monthly Book Club broadcast. She is founder and director of the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival which takes place in April, a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and an ambassador for children's reading charity Read for Good and the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

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