400 Words

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Writing “flash fiction”, a properly structured short story, is a piece of piss to a trained dick. If that is not you, read on. More

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Words: 740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458026248
About Kurt Ulmer

I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.
Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.
Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.

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Review by: StreetWise Publications on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I think Kurt has grokked the flash fiction piece totally and expresses it well in this essay. I will be emailing him to ask permission to use his essay in my lecture on flash fiction to my 'Become A Published Author' course students. I think it will be both explanatory and expository and thus, create some healthy debate as to what exactly makes a good flash fiction piece.
Perry Gamsby MA(Writing)
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Review by: Joe C Combs 2nd on April 28, 2011 :
Well done! There are many authors today who would benefit greatly from 400 Words. Kurt writes specifically about writing flash fiction, but his advice is great for longer works as well (and non-fiction too). The thing I liked most (besides the direct advice of the essay) was that even the timing and pace of this article is a lesson in how to write successful flash fiction. Sometimes writers use exotic themes or characters to make up for a lack of structure or planning. Follow Kurt’s advice and even something as mundane as washing the dishes could be an exciting piece of literature.
Well Done.
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