Amazing Kids! Magazine

Writer’s Tips – Micro Fiction: Writing a Very, Very Short Story!

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor


There are novels. There are short stories. And then, there’s micro fiction. Micro fiction, also called flash fiction, is a genre of fiction which is basically a story ranging anywhere from a few sentences to, at the most, 100 words. This genre of fiction is particularly fun, yet challenging to write. It defies many “rules” which appear to go along with writing a short story. For example, I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the typical storyline of a story: an introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion, and, of course, character development throughout the plot. Well, with micro fiction, you can forget all of those rules! Here is a classic example of micro fiction:

As the sun bore down on my face, I squinted across the void. The wire seemed to stretch on forever. With an exasperated sigh, I slipped one foot on the tightrope, and began to walk.

While you never know the narrator’s name or where he or she is, you’re still able to get a clear picture of what is happening. Within these three sentences, you were probably able to glean that there is a bit of personal conflict, because the person “sighs exasperatedly”. Additionally, if you were an extra-observant reader, you probably could tell that this person is a tightrope walker. Lastly, this person appears to be a pretty expert tightrope walker, because it seems as though he or she has done this many times. However, this still leaves you with a lot of questions. What is this person trying to accomplish by walking across this wire? What’s going to happen next in the story? A good micro fiction piece should provide you with a lot of information, but should also leave you wondering, and asking a lot of questions. This is the true challenge behind writing micro fiction. It’s important to give the reader information to keep him/her from getting confused, but also withhold information to leave him or her wondering.

Personally, I find micro fiction to be one of my favorite genres of fiction to read and write because of how creative you can be with it. You can write about almost any type of fiction, and I really like how the structure is so loose. Since micro fiction is so flexible, feel free to write about absolutely anything, as long as it’s under 100 words. And, we’d love to read what you’ve written. Feel free to send us your micro fiction!

3 comments

  1. Hi Tiyiselani! That is so cool that you want to become a published writer! Amazing Kids! Magazine is written by kids and teens like you! We accept ongoing writing submissions. We publish short stories and poetry, but not entire books (Do a search online to learn about ways you can “self publish” your books!) Please read our Writers’ Guidelines to learn how you can submit writing to us: http://mag.amazing-kids.org/get-involved/write-for-us/ Feel free to email us with questions: submissions@amazing-kids.org. Thanks and keep on writing! 🙂

  2. I WANT TO PUBLISH A STORY

  3. I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLISH A SHORT STORY, FLASH FICTION AND A MICRO FICTION.