What exactly is flash fiction? I know the definition: "a story under 1000 words." But that explains nothing. How does it differ from the short story? Is it fair to have similar standards for short stories and flash fiction? Should I be upset when I know nothing about the characters in a flash fiction story? Or is that part of the experience?
Well, I can't believe that the reader should feel nothing about the characters in flash fiction. I do believe that is the challenge the author has to face. Earnest Hemingway's immortal six-word flash comes to mind: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." I mean, wow. Powerful stuff. If only I could sell something like that for 99 cents.
Yes, I do believe I have too many questions about flash fiction and not enough answers. When this happens, I have a tendency to become experimental. So just a heads up, folks, I may occasionally be posting a flash fiction story on this blog. It's the only way to figure out what they're all about. Feel free to rip any of them to shreds!