Nano Experiments

I love to play with nano fiction. For a writer, it’s a quick fix of ink to keep us going until the next, long scribble session.

For readers it’s something quickly consumed with a long savor. Whether you call it nano, flash or drabble, short fiction has a place in writing.

Here’s how Wiki defines it:

Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story, the 280-character story (also known as “twitterature”), the “dribble” (also known as the “minisaga”; 50 words), the “drabble” (also known as “microfiction”; 100 words), “sudden fiction” (750 words),  flash fiction (1,000 words), nanotale, and “micro-story.”  Some commentators have suggested that flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality, in its ability to hint at or imply a larger story.

I’m thinking it might be interesting to try the same story in each of these diminutive forms. Here’s the story I’m thinking of running through my experiment. At 96 words, I think this tiny tale counts as a drabble.

Right now The Ladies of Horror flash fictions have been going up over at Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog again. Each month a group of us write something inspired by a photo Nina sends us. Those stories are 500-1,000 words. I’ll be sharing links to all those at the end of the month.


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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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One Response to Nano Experiments

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Thanks, Angela –good ideas to try, too. Your BITTER SUITES came today –so different than what I’d imagined and it’s going to be hard to put it down –as a fact, already IS! :)

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