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Writing flash fiction is a fun, easy way to break into print and quickly establish yourself as a professional author. This book shows you everything you need to write great stories under 1,000 words, as well as how and where to get them published. It concludes with tips for re-publishing those stories all together as a book.Show more Show less -----------------------------Writing flash fiction is a fun, easy way to break into print and quickly establish yourself as a professional author. This book shows you everything you need to write great stories under 1,000 words, as well as how and where to get them published. It concludes with tips for re-publishing those stories all together as a book.Show more Show less --------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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  • Mike Robbins
    2019-07-10 15:08

    This book explains how to write flash fiction and how to sell it. Flash fiction, according to Carly Berg, is a story of 1,000 words or less. It’s a much smaller commitment than a novel – the latter can seem endless to a writer. It’s also easier to publish; although "short-short" stories are not new (Saki comes to mind), they’ve become popular in recent years as digital media makes them relatively easy to publish. But they’re demanding to write, as the scene has to be set with very few words. Berg is good at this. She’s been writing flash fiction for years, and has just published Coffee House Lies: 100 Cups of Flash fiction, a collection of about 100 stories. Some are puzzling, others pack a punch, but all draw you in. I especially liked Everyone Wants to Steal my Man and Paris Blue. It’s a great book for dipping into, maybe a story at a time in your coffee break or before sleeping. Berg’s included a few of the stories in Writing Flash Fiction, but I’d recommend reading Coffee House Lies in full; there’s a lot to enjoy. Writing Flash Fiction itself is arranged in 10 main chapters. They cover definitions of flash fiction, where and how to write, how to get ideas, how to edit yourself and where to publish. Some of the advice is a bit general, such as where and how to write; that is something most people will have to figure out themselves. But most of it is specific and extremely useful. At the end, Berg includes references to some other flash fiction writers and also links to places for publication.Where this book excels, though, is in its advice on writing. I’ve seen far too many books in which the writer has had an excellent idea, and great grasp of character, but just hasn’t studied the craft. Berg has, and her own stories convey character, or a sense of place or culture, in very few words. Chapter 6, titled A Self-Editing Checklist, shows that this is not an accident. Berg demonstrates common errors such as redundant words, stagnating storylines, lack of cohesion, excessive description, the deus ex machina (common sin of the lazy writer), inconsistent points of view, sloppy dialogue and more. Just about all this applies to novels and novellas as well. An especially good passage is headed Too Much Telling; here, Berg presents two ways of telling the same story in an effective illustration of how to, and how not to, write. There’s plenty of advice like this around for writers, but it’s rarely this clear and concise. This book is invaluable for anyone who wants to write and market very short stories. But even for other writers, it’s probably worth the modest purchase price for chapter 6 alone. Recommended.(The author kindly supplied an ebook for review purposes.)

  • Cassandra Larsen
    2019-07-04 11:04

    I really enjoyed this book, Writing Flash Fiction. I have heard the term ‘flash fiction’ in passing, but before reading this book I had very little idea of what it actually entailed. Ms. Berg gives some excellent information on just what flash fiction is, how to write it, edit it, and then publish it in various formats. Her editing checklist has some very helpful tips, even for experienced writers, and the activities, writing exercises, and prompts at the end of each chapter are fantastic for helping you develop your craft. I’ve read a lot of books on writing and story crafting, but this book is one of the few that really got me excited about trying out the techniques she described and just having fun with the writing prompts. * I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mehreen Ahmed
    2019-07-15 12:58

    Mehreen's reviewCarly Berg's Writing Flash Fiction is an excellent guide for writers. Detailing how to learn to write precisely and concisely, extra "flab" in writing is no good in Carly's words. This book shows how to hone the craft as the writer embarks on this difficult journey of developing plot and characters. She has elaborated upon some pertinent issues which can actually act as a deterrent to producing high-quality literature. It is no exaggeration though that critics have always used phrases such as 'extra padding', 'fillers' 'in other words', to frown upon bad writing. Written in the same spirit, this book is all about publishing successful stories in a hurry.

  • Bruce
    2019-06-30 14:00

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I rate it as three stars.“Writing Flash Fiction” by Carly Berg, is written for newbie writers who have little or no experience in publishing fiction works, especially shorter ones. It covers an array of topics that are worth consideration, and the guidance provided gives enough detail for one to start.Some of the topics presented used to be routinely accepted in the publishing world. However, with the recent changes in publishing, especially independent (or self) publishing, some of those elements are no longer always appropriate for everyone. For example, critique groups and agents are capable of more harm than good, especially for writers just beginning a career in this field. This is not to say that they can’t be of good use, but full consideration must be given. Some guidelines readily accepted ten or fifteen years ago are considered pitfalls today.I would have like the author to balance out the book with the subject of independent (or self) publishing, beyond the standard “vanity press” reference. Much has changed and the writers need to understand the opportunities that are available in the independent publishing world, as well as the traditional one. Writers who wish to forge their own careers and retain more control over their works are given more opportunities today as opposed to just five years ago.The author paints a realistic picture of the expectations an author should have. She also provides examples of flash fiction for writers to review, so they can get a feel for the tone, pacing, etc. of this kind of writing. So it was a good book, but I felt it could have been more complete.

  • Eric
    2019-06-22 13:49

    I’ve read a couple dozen books on writing, and until now, I’ve had nothing to show for it. Doubtless, some of these books are better in their own way than Writing Flash Fiction, but none of them were more effective at pushing me down the path toward my goals. This book is like a new writer’s starter kit, all assembly tools included.The author gives a step by step approach to build a writing habit, conquer common problems, generate ideas, and submit work for publication. This was just the ticket for me. It’s a quick read, but with exercises and other to-dos at the end of each chapter that I will go back to. In less than 24 hours after downloading, I finished the book and wrote my first flash story (in addition to doing my day job, commuting, etc). As the author points out, completing (and publishing) flash stories gives a sense of accomplishment that builds confidence and motivation for the next one.Experienced writers may find much of the information basic, but if you are new to writing or new to flash fiction, this is a great primer in condensed format. It comes complete with a list of online resources and a few sample flash stories from the author’s collection as examples. It is also helpful to see what methods and tools the author uses herself to generate ideas, write, and publish. Best of all, by following the instructions, you are practically guaranteed to come out of the experience with completed flash stories under your belt as well as tips on how to edit and publish them.

  • Montgomery Mahaffey
    2019-07-16 10:45

    A quick, thorough, and pragmatic guide for writers who want to write and publish quick, ultra-short fiction. Carly Berg lays out the practical reasons for publishing flash fiction. A genre in its own right, these stories often take a fraction of the time to write than a short story and help get your name out there, increasing your fame bit by bit. She packs this guide book full of prompts to get you started and guides you through essential elements like conflict, dialogue, setting, and point of view. Separating it from other books like this on the market, Berg offers neat advice for doing your own sleuthing on the internet to find flash stories to annotate and emulate. Rounding out this helpful tome is a sequence of selected flash fiction that was made to get your excitement up and the creative juices flowing. Loved this read! If you're a writer and you want to start publishing some flash fiction, this book is for you! If you're a writer wanting to get your name out there, this book is for you! If you're a writer who wants to learn how to write better, this book is for you!

  • Ryan Michael
    2019-06-28 15:46

    Writing Flash Fiction focuses on flash fiction stories under 1,000 words. Carly Berg provides a clear and concise summary of how to write flash fiction and, importantly, how to sell your work. The book gets right to the point, and provides detailed information and ideas which will point the budding author in the direction they need to go. But be sure to bring along a fair dose of creativity, not everything can be done for you.While the book is detailed, there are times when the information is quite general. It isn’t a bad thing, but the reader will have to use their imagination. Probably good news if you are aspiring to write flash fiction, the world (story) is your oyster. I would recommend Writing Flash Fiction as a guide for those writers looking to hone their craft or to try something new.

  • Emma Jaye
    2019-06-27 15:01

    The practicalities of writing flash fiction, and by that the author means stories under 1000 words. There is some very useful advice here, for me, particularly some of the editing advice about how to tighten up writing. Although I don’t write flash fiction, this book includes many of the pitfalls in style that writers suffer when they are starting. The style of writing flash fiction is quite different to writing longer works, each word counts and the author often has to rely on a single word to set a scene. Unfortunately, for me at least, the need for brevity detracted from the example stories, but I admire the ability of the author to write coherently within such tight constraints.

  • Liselott
    2019-06-25 14:47

    I have read quite a few books on writing but this one, Writing Flash Fiction, is one of the few that I didn't just skim through. Everything about this little book feels just right. Its short (obviously) but you will be surprised how much of useful information within those hundred pages. I normally underline but I didn't feel it was necessary as every word counted.Ten chapters of hints, tips and advice with a few exercises. I also found the chapter 'For Further Reading' being very resourceful. Some of the author's own published flash stories has also been given space for extra inspiration.

  • Larry Manch
    2019-06-25 14:03

    This book is a great resource. Helpful for new writers, and for experienced writers and authors who (like myself) may occasionally fall into bad habits, like using "filter words." Great information in this book, well worth the price.

  • Rian Nejar
    2019-06-27 08:08

    An excellent reference for writers of all styles, not just flash fiction. A book to be read once, twice, and as many times as one can to get most of Carly's insights imprinted in one's brain. I discovered 'flash fiction' and one-line fiction stories from this informative work by Carly Berg. The very idea of restricting a story to such insane limits horrifies me. A bit old-fashioned, I like to settle into a complex story and enjoy its characters and narration as one may enjoy sights and experiences in a long journey. A writer myself, quickies, in stories, or life, bring up unpleasant psychosomatic reactions. Nevertheless, primed by the soundbite world today, and informed by Carly's clear and succinct descriptions, I stand educated and enlightened. Lucid, concise, and creative in descriptions and metaphors ("...danced, snapping his fingers,""ping-pongy"), this is an enjoyable work about the art and science of writing tight, and writing well. The many aspects of loose writing highlighted will resonate with all writers. Carly reminded me that I write in long sentences that may have my readers gasping for air as they attempt to surface from depths of complexity in my sentence structure. See what I mean? I need to, as she admonishes, "Break them up." Not with a whole lot of punctuation. Just make them brief and seamless. I enjoyed revisiting all of my own editing efforts as I read through this book.A minor peeve: for a book about flash fiction, or pieces as short as 500 words, I found this guide a mite long. I haven't finished it, but have seen enough in it of value to write this review. Highly recommended to every newbie writer, as a great start to writing short pieces and thus learning to write well before attempting full-length novels, and to every experienced writer, for a refresher on tight writing and habits to eschew or be fully aware of. I need to break this sentence too...old habits die hard! A review provided in exchange for a free PDF copy of the work. __________________________________________________

  • Kathryn Occhipinti
    2019-07-15 15:40

    For me, the salient feature of this book is its young and encouraging voice. True, as someone who is (at least) 39 years old, I sometimes found that voice to be a little immature for my personal liking. That said, I believe that this voice is not only what makes the book flow nicely from one topic to another, but is also what makes it work well as an easy and enjoyable read over all. I was interested enough in what the author had to say that once I started reading this book I wanted to – and was able to – finish it in two sittings.Don’t be fooled by appearances! This is a serious work for the beginning writer. Although Writing Flash Fiction introduces basic writing skills that can certainly also be learned at writing workshops, Carly Berg approaches the topic in a unique, creative, and interesting way. At the time of this writing, there are already 20+ reviews that detail the contents of this book. I would just like to add that it is a complete work in and of itself regarding the process of writing flash fiction, with entertaining antidotes from the “real life” of the author, basic “do’s and don’ts” valuable for any writer to remember, and examples clearly laid out to support her thesis. There are even exercises at the end of each chapter to spark the creativity of the readers and encourage them to try flash fiction on their own.But what I liked best about this book was that the author included examples of her work so that I could see the end result of what she was talking about. As an avid reader of short stories, I was impressed by the variety of voices, styles and content in the examples she chose to include. I was especially happy to find the substance behind her “how to” book without having to search the internet, although I have to say I am interested now to find more of her work! I know several of her stories will stay with me. In all, “Writing Flash Fiction” is a well thought out and well written book and Carly Berg succeeded in what she set out to do – introduce a novice writer to the craft.

  • Sarah Doebereiner
    2019-06-17 11:43

    It’s important to note that this book is written for a younger audience who is just beginning their literary journey. Berg takes time to define the different parts of a story and explain the rudimentary elements of writing in general. I would not recommend this story for someone who has a significant background and education in writing or literature because much of the opening chapters are going to be information that you already know. The book is written with a playful, colloquial tone that should be easy for the target audience to relate to.The biggest flaw of the book to me was that several of the subsections tell you to do things, but not how to do them. For example: ‘It’s not hard to spiff up a title. Just give it a second look before you send it off.’ There is almost no discussion about what makes a good title, or what pitfalls to avoid. There are some examples, but no dissection of what makes them effective or ineffective.The biggest strength of the book is the self-editing checklist. This section is detailed and specific about the common mistakes that writers make when they first start to hone their craft. Even veteran authors would be hard-pressed to say they never slip up and end up editing out along similar guidelines. The tools for the writer were also fill of helpful resources like: prompt lists, editing software, places to consider submitting, etc.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Margaret Standafer
    2019-07-10 14:58

    The world of flash fiction is new to me. The idea of telling an entire story in only 1000 words seems daunting. I once had a writing course where the weekly assignments were typically limited to 1000 words or less and while these assignments didn’t even have to be complete stories, just snippets, I still found the process difficult. After reading Carly Berg’s book and reading some of her examples of flash fiction, I feel inspired to give it a try. Even if I don’t end up publishing, the process of learning to get my point across in fewer words can’t hurt. For those that are looking to embark on writing flash fiction, I can’t imagine the pertinent details and information could be more concisely spelled out than in Writing Flash Fiction. Carly Berg outlines the process on where to get your ideas, how to begin, how to edit, and how to submit your work, all in an orderly fashion. She even gives instruction on how to begin with a simple six-word story. And, hidden within the book, are very useful pointers (or reminders) for writers of longer works. Watch your “filter” words and weak modifiers; show, don’t tell; strive for sentence variation; and don’t overdo dialogue tags are among the helpful ideas. Writing Flash Fiction is easy to read, easy to follow, and certain to be of great value to anyone looking for advice on beginning a writing career.

  • Gillian Felix
    2019-07-06 13:50

    I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI recommend this book to anyone with the desire to write a book but don’t know where to start. The information in this book provides you with basic ideas and information on getting you started. I agree with the author that writing short “flash fiction” is a great way to start for many reasons; it gets your name out there and helps you build up an audience. It also strengthens your writing muscle and gets you into a routine.The author gave many ideas for writing flash fiction in a clear and easy to read format. It was very to the point, mixing no words or wasting your time with useless jabber. That was one of the things I really liked about it. Apart from writing flash fiction for the above mentioned purposes, another reason is that you can combine your flash stories into one publishable book, or many. There is a lot of information in this book and it is entirely up to you to put them in play, it is definitely NOT for a lazy person. If you are serious about writing then YES please give this book a try and put the information that is shared in the book to use. If course nothing can guarantee your success but every action you do leads to your own success.

  • Masi
    2019-07-14 10:01

    Gave me renewed confidence to start writing flash fiction againThe only thing I knew about flash fiction, before reading this book that is, is that they are meant to be shorter than conventional short stories. I even tried writing a few but a lot of the people I showed them to told me that they neither fall in the 'flash fiction' category nor are even fit to be called "proper stories." My ego got a severe blow and I realized that I won't be able to write flash fiction again. I have faced several of the common issues described by the writer (she also tells you about how to overcome them; her chapter called "A Self-Editing Checklist" is particularly helpful ). And the biggest roadblock for me: that of getting my stories published - is no longer a roadblock, thanks to Ms. Berg's book. Now the question is, why would you write flash fiction? Well, as the author says at the very start: "They get published over and over again, and yours can, too. That’s a high return on a few hours of time." As a bonus, the author also offers examples of many of her own flash fiction stories, my favorite of them being the somewhat humorous "The Horse Head Earrings". Recommended.

  • Bill Leviathan
    2019-07-05 11:56

    Writing Flash Fiction is a great primer for anyone looking to get into the world of very, very short fiction. Author Carly Berg shares her own experiences and knowledge on what works and what doesn't in the realm of flash. Each chapter ends with a few assignments, many of which involve writing your own flash fiction. By the time you are done reading through this, you'll have complete half a dozen or so flash fiction stories.A few of the sections, such as Revising, A Self-Editing Checklist, and Getting Ideas are great not only for newcomers to flash fiction, but to anyone who writes in general. The tips in these sections are invaluable to any writer.The book ends with a selection of Carly Berg's own flash fiction. It isn't just to stuff the back of the book. At the end of each story Carly explains why the story was written, where it was published, and what sort of flash fiction concept it is supposed to represent. They are fine examples of the craft.I was provided a free copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Florian Armas
    2019-07-05 14:00

    ‘Writing Flash Fiction’ is an interesting mix, placing together personal experiences and good advises about how to write. Even when the title says otherwise, I found that many hints apply to writing in general, not only to flash fiction. The personal touch, telling about preferred music (finding that Moon River or Simon and Garfunkel have the same influence on the author helped me to enter faster in the book) or time to write, adds a certain flavor, not necessarily for the technical aspects, just to make things easier. A bit of humor and peppering some feelings never hurt, even in a technical book.

  • Sabrina
    2019-07-08 10:00

    If you're interested in flash fiction, or just trying to improve your writing, this is the book for you. It's a very quick read, with lots of information and references packed into it, which makes it easy to learn the basics and get started on writing. There is many quick to-do lists after each chapter that range from beginner friendly to getting your work published, and you can easily skip between them depending on your writing experience. The reference pages were also very helpful in getting started easily and efficiently.

  • Tanner
    2019-07-15 10:52

    Great information for your flash fiction writing.

  • Stacia
    2019-06-20 09:02

    This is a very short book on flash fiction. It includes both reading and writing recommendations, basic information on how to write FF, and info on editing and publishing. Much of the book is quite basic and some of it is much more widely applicable than just FF. Still, it was nice to have it all in one place. My only issue after reading it is that there didn't seem to be a lot of detail about what differentiates FF beyond word count. Either all the rules preached in the writing workshop I went are wrong or this book just didn't get into them.

  • Alex
    2019-07-01 09:42

    Writing flash fictionThe book is focused and short, just as a book on this topic should be. It has lovely examples and a useful resource list. What else can you ask for?

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-17 07:42

    I came across this wonderful, compact guide to writing Flash Fiction when looking for helpful guides on how to get started in writing, or as a “go-to” guide to keep myself motivated and inspired when I have writer’s block. I will be honest and say I had never heard of the term Flash Fiction before, but this book is the perfect introduction to a genre of writing which is ideal for writers who don’t quite know where, and how, to start, or what to do once they actually have a micro story written. I appreciated the easy to read styling, that the author is actually a published author herself and therefore speaks from experience, and how you could jump to the chapter that is relevant to the stage you are at in the writing or publishing process. It is a short, concise, practical guide on how to write flash fiction, from beginning to end, and clearly provides information and tips on how to approach writing a flash fiction story, and where to turn to once you have something you aspire to have published in a magazine or book form. The book is structured into small chapters which take you through the writing process from beginning to end, and at the end of each chapter there are helpful checklists which highlight each step of the writing process, in addition to wonderful suggestions and exercises on how you might like to get started on a new writing project. The book made me feel excited and inspired to actually write flash fiction, and I loved that the end of the book has a very helpful list of links to websites and further information on how to write and publish your own flash fiction story or collection. For the small price I feel this book will pay dividends in the long-term, as it can be kept on your writing desk or in a drawer for future reference when you reach a new step in the writing process, or when you need a quick reference guide to help kick-start and inspire you to begin a new story.

  • Lisa
    2019-07-12 14:57

    «Writing Flash Fiction» is for certain worth reading if you are a newcomer in this genre, because it's likely to bring out the best in you.It's not just a book, it's a toolbox to use, to refer to over and over again. The content is well-structured into the 10 main chapters. It outlines the concept of flash fiction, provides the ideas where to gain inspiration, hints on editing and publication. The style is crisp and eloquent, easy to perceive - the author has extremely fluent pen. The best advantage for me is that the author offers not just comprehensive technical advices, but some kind of positive psychological motivation and attitude as well. I enjoyed the accumulated crystallized experience and tough practice that I saw behind it. Overall, I feel that after the patient examination of the book you'll definitely get the hang of flash fiction writing, that is supposed to be the author's intention.

  • Danielle Urban
    2019-07-14 12:51

    Writing Flash Fiction by Carly Berg is a must have tool for all writers. A perfect book that acts as a guide and tutor for flash fiction writers. Carly Berg walks her fellow writers through the entire process of writing to selling their flash fiction. Exercises, prompts, and the organization of the entire book is set up in an easy format to follow along. The best of everything all in one perfect book by a writer who talent shines through her pages. I loved reading Writing Flash Fiction by Carly Berg and would highly recommend to readers worldwide. She definitely knows her subject well and demonstrates it in such a high professional way, that will lure readers constantly to her book. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.