Welcome to S3P ~ A Story in Three Paragraphs, a blog for short-short fiction writers to show their talents. “Why S3P?” you might ask. It is said a story should have a beginning, a middle and an ending; thus the three paragraph format. There are no word count restrictions, but writers are encouraged to follow flash fiction writing style. Paragraphs should be exactly that – paragraphs. I am looking for stories with meaning. Impact. Strength. Great literary flash fiction. Stories may be plot-driven, character-driven, emotion-driven or essays.
What is Flash Fiction? According to Catherina Sustana writing for about.com flash fiction has these characteristics:
- Brevity. Regardless of the specific word count, flash fiction attempts to condense a story into the fewest words possible. To look at it another way, flash fiction tries to tell the biggest, richest, most complex story possible within a certain word limit.
- A beginning, middle, and end. In contrast to a vignette or reflection, most flash fiction tends to emphasize plot. While there are certainly exceptions to this rule, telling a complete story is part of the excitement of working in this condensed form.
- A twist or surprise at the end. Again, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule, but setting up expectations and then turning them upside down in a short space is one hallmark of successful flash fiction.
The complete link is http://shortstories.about.com/od/Flash/a/What-Is-Flash-Fiction.htm
What is not wanted: stories peppered with profanity just to show how cool you think you are; personal tragedies about a lost loved one (this is a fiction site, right?) explicit sex, stories with rim-shot endings, or poetry.
Sharing: if you know other writers who would like to participate please send them the link https://jeffswitt.wordpress.com/s3p-a-story-in-three-paragraphs/
Favorite places: I would like to share some of my favorite online flash fiction sites. 100 Word Story offers a monthly photo prompt and considers other stories as well. Boston Literary Magazine publishes quarterly in areas of 50-word and 100-word stories, and stories not exceeding 250 words. A third, Nailpolish Stories is a fun 25-word site which publishes quarterly. Stories must be the name of a nail polish color. Beginning writers will find Ann Linquist Writes and You Can Too a nurturing place to further develop their writing skills. Please check them out!
Contact: If you would like to contact me, I have a jeffswitt Gmail address which is a dot com.
Now, go write something great!
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