I don’t do any plotting when I write micro fiction.
I just start with an idea, usually a place, a person, or a thing, and just run with it, letting my imagination pull me in whatever direction it wants. Try it! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing micro fiction once I started.
As an example, I’ve included one of my flash fictions below. Feel free to post your own in the comments! I look forward to reading them.
“The Well and the Wish”
A Fantasy Flash Fiction
The little girl clutched the gold coin to her heart. It had taken so many hours of work to earn. Would it be worth losing it for a single wish? Did wishes even come true?
Closing her eyes, she held her breath and wished, wished, wished with all her heart. Tilting her hand, she released the coin. It tumbled through air and landed with a splash far below.
The little girl grasped the brick well and leaned over its side to peer into the dark depths below. Was that something swimming down there?
Golden fins poked the surface, and a moment later, a girl with bright yellow hair appeared. She pushed her long, damp locks out of her face. Her eyes were as big as apples! She smiled, and the little girl saw rows of tiny sharp teeth.
“Hello,” said the well-girl, “I am the water sprite of the wishing well. Why did you pay tribute?”
Fearful of all those teeth, the little girl hesitated. She really needed this wish. Steeling her spine, she said, “I need to make a wish, please.”
The sprite shrugged. “There is no need. You have all the magic and potential you need inside of you. If you want something, go make it happen.” With a flick of her fins, the sprite splashed back down to the depths of the well and out of sight.
With a sigh, the little girl returned home. Later that night, the sprite’s words began to sink in. She was the magic. She was all she needed to make her wishes come to pass.
And so she tried harder, worked harder.
Twenty years later, holding the hand of a little girl of her own, she returned to the well. “Why are we here, Mamma?”
“I want you to make a wish. Toss this coin into there.” She picked her baby up and pointed to the water.
With a giggle, the little girl chucked the coin into the water.
No sprite appeared, but the woman already knew she wouldn’t. Dreams and fears, she thought. That’s all the sprite was. A figment of her own making.
“Did you make a wish?” she asked her daughter.
The little girl nodded. “I wished for—”
“No,” said the mother, pressing her fingers against her daughter’s lips. “Don’t tell me, show me.”
With that, she took her little girl’s hand and went off to show her how to accomplish her wishes.
- Skip character names unless they have significance. It’s okay to keep things simple in flash fiction. “The girl” or “the bear” will do just fine in micro fiction, unless there is a reason to name a character.
For more flash fiction tips, see K.D.’s post: 5 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction
K. D. Jones is the epic fantasy pseudonym for young adult author Krystle Jones. Krystle was born and raised in the small, southern town of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions of hers. In addition to writing, she is passionate about information technology, Etsy, painting, and exercising. She believes you can be whatever you want to be if you’re willing to work hard. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and adopted fur babies.
Learn more about K. D. Jones at kdjonesepicfantasy.com.
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