And all in less than a hundred words.
I have tried this type of fiction. One of my on-line friends is considered one of the world's experts on flash fiction and teaches classes on it. Even with the help of her and my son, I don't do this type of fiction well. I am definitely not an expert on brevity.
Maybe because of my background in writing government documents. One time I was writing a short how to document. When finished, it was three pages. Then my boss got hold of it. It was too brief. It needed more. By the time he finished with it, the document was twenty-one pages - eighteen of which were nothing more than fluff and double-speak. But I learned. Unfortunately. Ruined me for life. :)
But if you want to see a good example of flash fiction, check out my "comments" from a couple of days ago where son was once again showing his excellent grasp of this genre. Or check out his blog from Zoid (link at the side).
Birthdays: Charles Reade, Marguerite Yourcenar, Sara Paretsky
Tips and Teasers: Read a book. Any book. For a writer to truly succeed, she has to also be a reader. Read for pleasure, but also study the work. Rip it apart to see what makes it work.
Thought for the day: "There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously." - Raymond Chandler