Exploring Length in Fiction

Exploring Length in Fiction

Book Culture

As I learn more about fiction, I’ve found the different types of fiction very interesting. Normally, the “types” of fiction refers to genres: whether a piece is literary fiction as opposed to romantic or sci-fi. However, I’m talking more about length in fiction. There are about four general lengths in fiction: flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels.     Flash Fiction Flash fiction refers to short works that are, usually, under 1,000 words. This includes Dribbles, Drabbles, and six-word stories. Flash fiction is like a burst of juice on your tongue; something short and sweet. These short, short stories …

Finest Twitter Flash Fiction to Lighten Up Your Feed

Finest Twitter Flash Fiction to Lighten Up Your Feed

Book Culture

From puppy pics to political news, Twitter is a wonderful place. It’s also home of a wave of flash fiction writers. Here are a few to follow to add some fiction to your feed, even when you don’t have time for short stories.   1. T. R. Darling   Image via Twitter   The absolute best Twitter flash fiction has to offer. Fantasy, mystery, and magical realism combined and intertwined in full stories under two-hundred-eighty words, with a philosophical bend that’ll make you contemplate the combination of genres. Soon to be a book even.     2. Mythology Bot   Image …

Flash Fiction Friday: ‘Sleepless’ by Hilary Schuhmacher

Flash Fiction Friday: ‘Sleepless’ by Hilary Schuhmacher

Book Culture

It probably won’t surprise you to find out that I have my Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. One of my favorite exercises during undergrad was Flash Fiction Fridays. At the beginning of each Friday’s class we would have twenty minutes to knock something out. 500 words or less was the only condition, otherwise we were free to explore any topic we desired.   I thought that might be fun to bring to Bookstr. So without further ado, here’s a flash fiction short story that I’m particularly happy with.   Sleepless By Hilary Schuhmacher   I’m lying in bed, resisting sleep, distracting …