Flash fiction is typically defined as a story under 1,000 words. It can be a great writing exercise forcing you to cram every aspect of a good story (characters, setting, plot, prose) in as concise a manner as possible. Perhaps the most famous and extreme example of this genre is the following six-word story commonly attributed to Ernest Hemingway.
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I’ve been feeling pretty glum the past week and have wanted to write a blog post, but I haven’t had the energy or focus. So I figured I’d just quickly practice my writing by trying to write a few heart-breaking stories in ten words or less. Hopefully at least one succeeds.
- My first love. I’ll always miss what we never had.
- “Don’t go,” I begged. With clear regret, she stayed.
- Her fire lit my life. Her ashes darkened my skies.
- I must hold him. My child. So perfect. So cold.
- Failing beats never trying? Now my dream is forever gone.
- With no one left to hear, Earth’s last child cried.