Day 5- Short Story and Flash Fiction

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Day 5- Short Story and Flash Fiction

  1. 1. Short Story / Flash Fiction<br />By Tori<br />
  2. 2. What is a short story?<br />Shorter than a regular full-length story<br />Not as complicated as a book<br />Less characters<br />Shorter time span in story <br />Few to none setting changes<br />Only one main problem (plot)<br />
  3. 3. Main Elements of a Story<br />Setting : weather, place, time, mood, daily life<br />Plot: intro, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution<br />Conflict :internal or external<br />Character: how he/she impacts story<br />Theme<br />All of these elements must be shorter and smaller in a short story<br />
  4. 4. Types of Short Stories<br />Fables <br />Flash fiction <br />Anecdote<br />Tale<br />Legend<br />Myth<br />Novella<br />
  5. 5. Origin of Short Stories<br />Short stories were originally told orally before being recorded<br />Many were from certain regions and countries <br />Collectors went around recording stories and publishing them<br />Around 14th century recording began in Europe<br />Brothers Grimm- famous story collectors, many books published<br />Anecdotes very popular in Roman Empire, also recorded<br />
  6. 6. Songs that tell a story<br />“For Good” -Wicked<br />
  7. 7. Flash Fiction! <br />
  8. 8. Flash Fiction <br />Very concise short story <br />Story with exact word count<br />Has classic story elements<br />Creates a strong image in your head while reading <br />Definition is debatable, usually between 300 and 1000 words<br />Can be as short as only 70 words<br />Ancient form of story writing <br />Characteristics are present in Aesop’s Fables <br />http://www.umass.edu/aesop/content.php?n=16&i=1<br />
  9. 9. Where is flash fiction?<br />Many online magazines <br />Many printed magazines <br />Many fairy tales and fables <br />Prevalent but not popular <br />Good internet market because stories are short <br />Flash Fiction Online is one magazine <br />
  10. 10. Tips on Flash Fiction<br />Pick a small topic<br />Few characters<br />Don’t have a fancy intro<br />Don’t be verbose<br />Start with action<br />Keep reading guessing <br />
  11. 11. A Small Topic<br />Big topic: Your first driving lesson<br />Small topic: your first turn on the actual road<br />Big topic: The dinner you cooked for you family<br />The vegetables that were perfectly seasoned<br />Big topic: I went to the beach <br />Small topic: jellyfish you were stung by at the beach <br />
  12. 12. Your Turn!<br />In the next 15 minutes, write a flash fiction story that is EXACTLY 50 words!! Have fun!<br />

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