Today we have published two new flash fiction stories which have been written by Max R. Potter. “Flash Fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development” [Wikipedia]. So it is easy and fast to read but I’m curious, how it is to write such stories.

Hey Max. What is for you the attraction of flash fiction stories?

Hello Marc. I love the idea of using a very limited number of words to express a feeling. How much experience can you (I) put in a few lines so that the reader has a complete mental picture, but still yearns for more. I can be so easy to pile on so the quantity of something makes it impressive, the great challenge is to use a little to have a full impact. 

I can imagine that to describe a special moment with all its emotions isn’t easy in such a limited extend. What are your own tools and tricks to reduce the description of moments and emotions to the max(imum)?

Well, you’ve just handed me an example: using “max” in your question, given my name, that is evocative. Will the word have impact? Can I string some together to increase the meaning? I look to boil down not only the experience I want to convey, but the words used to carry it. Write it. Read it. Change it. Have others read it and listen to what they say. Does it go a different way than intended? Will that work? Each word comes with it’s own history. Use that history. Use what is in the reader’s mind. 

Longer works, even short stories, allow for some development of characters and situations. There can be some in flash fiction, but that is what the fiction is, the change. Flash fiction strips it all down, so you can see one focused bit. As you write, you can basically pick one thing to do. 

Writing flash fiction is not easier than long forms, the process is different. “Flash” is appropriate since you  need the reader in at once. So you use existing feelings and emotions. Then  you have the technical challenge of conveying what you need in a compact form.

Here you can see an example. More of Max R. Potter’s flash fiction you’ll find in our Kink Library or in Max Potter’s Archive.

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