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This thread for the discussion and critique of "Area 51: A New Illumination" by Shane Roe.
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Shane,

Great story! I have no criticisms. My only problem is that I wish there was more to it. What there was was very well written and engaging. It drew me in immediately. This is the first "flash" story I've ever read, so I take it that the brevity is part of the genre?

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I must concurr with KE here. The only thing I really had is that I wanted to know more! But it looks as if that was part of the point. *shrug*

(We need a "shrug" graemlin.)

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quote:
Originally posted by KnightEnder:
Shane,

Great story! I have no criticisms. My only problem is that I wish there was more to it. What there was was very well written and engaging. It drew me in immediately. This is the first "flash" story I've ever read, so I take it that the brevity is part of the genre?

KE

Thanks, KE. Yes, with flash sometimes detail is sacrificed to brevity. The trick is to keep the clarity.

Shane

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quote:
Originally posted by hywer:
I must concurr with KE here. The only thing I really had is that I wanted to know more! But it looks as if that was part of the point. *shrug*

(We need a "shrug" graemlin.)

Thanks. Well, the thing about it is, is leads to perhaps further stories on this group of people errr, aliens.

Shane

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Shane,

Could you please give us a definition of a "flash" story, and what you are trying to achieve in writing one? Thanks.

KE

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Flash fiction is generally described as a story with a beginning, middle, and end told in as few words as possible. There are various divisions even within this area of short story writing. Most say that between 500-1000 words is flash fiction, and then there are macro-fiction and micro-fiction, both below 500 words, but I'm not sure exactly which is which. There's actually an article on flash written by Chick Lang at the website I mentioned in my other post. Here's the link to The Marquee Muse. Just click on the "contents" button on the left to find Chick's article on Flash Fiction. http://themusemarquee.tripod.com
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I should add that what a writer tries to achieve in a flash story is the same effect as in a longer story--to enlighten the reader or make the reader pause and think--or even sheer entertainment. All this in as few words as possible. Sort of a Spartan undertaking.

Shane

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Well, it did accomplish a good little spark of enlightenment, so good work! [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by hywer:
Well, it did accomplish a good little spark of enlightenment, so good work! [Smile]

Thanks!
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Yes, with flash sometimes detail is sacrificed to brevity. The trick is to keep the clarity.
You accomplished the trick perfectly. Thanks for sharing Shane. I've been running various things through my mind ever since we got this forum up and running about what to right, but haven't thought about how to approach it. I now think I just might give this "flash" genre a shot. [Smile]
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Well, you should, Daruma. It's not time consuming, and there are many venues clamoring for flash pieces--our short attention spans these days, I guess. Thanks for your kind words.

Shane

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