I love writing. I particularly enjoy crafting fictional stories that capture characters at their most vulnerable moment. Writing novels is a labor of love that can take a great deal of time to complete. Gratification is certainly delayed. However, when I need a jolt of instant gratification from storytelling, I write flash fiction. Flash fiction is a short story (or what I’ve coined as a “Ridiculously Short Story”) usually told in fewer than 500 words. Sometimes they’re longer. But mine typically can be read in fewer than five minutes. How’s that for instant gratification?
Each of my Ridiculously Short Stories either began as a two-sentence horror story or was inspired by themes or writing prompts provided by friends and family who were trying to help me out of a writing slump.
These are my stories (cut to Law & Order’s iconic two-note theme “duh duh”):
Black was inspired by my writer friend, Dalia Florea, whose writing prompt was: “My thoughts were no longer mine. It was as if someone else was in my head. I didn’t want to do those terrible things.” Here’s the story.
[More to come!]