Ok...so I was reading a fellow writer's blog. She wrote a short piece – precisely 100 words – dubbed "flash fiction." This shortest of the short story ideally should be the first thing that pops into the writers mind. Some are 300 words, some are more and some are far less. Most seem to be less than 1,000 words. Flash fiction is designed to be precise and concise and perhaps train the writer to not waste words – to make each and every one count for something. I know I can be rather wordy when I write and took the micro-fiction challenge. As a note, I also only gave myself 30 minutes to complete the piece.
Presenting for your critical review, my first attempt at fiction in a flash!
She watched the iridescent droplets of oil undulate on the surface of her coffee, but her mind was elsewhere. Why had she agreed to go on the buying trip with Bill? The fact that their divorce was amicable did little to temper her worries. They divided the marital assets but neither wanted to resign from the textile firm they’d started two decades ago. Managing to stay out of each other’s way hadn’t been difficult, but this latest crisis changed the rules. And now she was headed back to Bali with him to the very place where it had all begun.
I challenge you to give it a try. You too might be surprised at what you can come up with. I sure never thought I would write anything this close to a romance...
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