Sunday, 17 July 2011

Well Flash

Short, sweet, and totally inspired

A Flash of Inspiration
A collection of incredibly short stories
Edited by Helmy Kusuma

IT started as a bit of fun but then it got serious as plenty more people gathered to join the fray. Soon, everyone was crowding round to hurl words across the screen – but not just any old words.

You might call them bonsai – stories instead of trees – because the challenge was simple enough in itself: write a story in 100 words or less. This is so-called flash fiction and like any story, it has a narrative arc, a beginning middle and end, but to compress it all into so few words is easier said than done.

The writers of the Book Junkies group on Facebook took up the challenge with gusto until the screen was awash with diminutive but well-formed micro-stories. And I, for my humble sins, was one of them.

In hindsight, it was inevitable that someone would suggest collecting these short shorts into an anthology, and so A Flash Of Inspiration was born.

The anthology contains the works of 20 authors who put two of their flash fiction pieces forward. Edited by group member Helmy Kusuma, it was duly published on Smashwords. The stories range from the sublime to the macabre, the amusing to the deadly serious.

So why not give it a shot and gain a very short introduction to some skilled and highly engaging indie authors?




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