Flash Friday Writing Challenge No. 1

Flash fiction is a real interest of mine. It’s a snapshot of something, a glimpse of an event, a glance at circumstances. It’s more experimental than traditional-length short stories and challenges you to use the format within your own writing. Don’t look at the length as an obstacle, look at it as a window.

I want to know what you see through a specific window each Friday, and will be offering pitches and muse-like inspirations to help you bang out a great piece of flash fiction. Don’t give yourself much time for it. I like to think of flash fiction like writer/fashion consultant Amanda Brooks thinks of berets: “The key to wearing a beret is not to try too hard. Standing in front of the mirror for hours trying to angle it just the right way might crush your spirit. Just throw it on and go.”

You could spend hours and days and weeks working on just the right piece of flash fiction. But why? It’s an art form that lends itself beautifully to spontaneity, and shouldn’t be fussed with. Let your imagination run wild for 20, 30 minutes or so, longer if you like.

Every Friday, I’ll share an image, a song, a piece of media or non-media, an aroma or a shiver, just something to help you release a piece of flash fiction when you have a burst of free time. If you’d like to share what you write, use the hashtag #FlashFridayFic to join the general Friday flash fiction crowd, and please feel free to share it with me, too. My Twitter handle is @SusanRicker.

Without further ado, here’s your first piece of source material for my site’s new weekly Flash Friday Writing Challenge:

Mazurka No. 47 in A Minor, Op. 68, No. 2
Frederic Chopin

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