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Tension in Flash Fiction – Audrey Niven QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Make sure you actually tell a story. A descriptive vignette, however gorgeous, is not a flash story. A woman lolling in a hammock sipping cocktails is not enough. But if she’s on a high-rise balcony, or it’s raining, or she’s just buried her partner, you have tension; you have the start of something intriguing…  
It’s vital your story has a beginning, a middle and an end. An easy trick is to think about balancing the length of these three elements in roughly equal-sized sections. (Though it’s equally okay to have a one-sentence beginning, or ending – rules are made to be broken!).

‘But do keep up the energy. A brilliant opening is easily let down by a limp third sentence… 

Audrey Niven, judge of the 2022 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition

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This entry was posted on July 24, 2022 by in Quotes, Uncategorized and tagged .
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