More of my flash fiction is out this week in Pound of Flash. This particular piece, Twenty Questions, really is a micro-fiction piece at 163 words. It’s the second smallest snippet of fiction I’ve written (the other is 100 words exactly).
There are so many benefits of flash fiction: a quick-fix read for those with short attention spans; an outlet for a writer who has an interesting, but not fully-fledged story concept that would be better as a vignette; a fun, quirky, little piece leading up to a punchline etc. Why not write it up as a poem then? I suppose for me, it depends. Some ideas could work well as both, but generally I find that dialogue works better as fiction and abstract ideas as verse… or prose-poetry, or fictionesque-verse… or a boundary-crossing mishmash. What happens if you try to do too many things at once? The birth of a linguistic mongrel!
Too many things at once… candid camera: chu-hi and curlers
About Leilanie Stewart
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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