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The World in a Flash: How to Write Flash-Fiction (The World in... Book 1) by [Kerr, Calum]
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About the Author

CALUM KERR is a writer, editor, Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, and Director of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day. His work has appeared in a number of places—online and in print—and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme. He lives in Southampton with his wife, his stepson, two cats and a dog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gumbo Press; 1 edition (9 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JLAJ376
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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I've read and enjoyed many of Calum Kerr's flash fiction stories in the past, and I recognise him as a leader in this specialised field, in which I'm now compiling my own first collection for publication later this year. I was therefore very pleased to discover this how-to book to help me fine-tune my own flash fiction writing craft.

It is, appropriately enough, a short but comprehensive book, encouraging the aspiring writer to look at all aspects of writing flash and with helpful exercises set along the way to help the reader put them into practice. The last 20% of the book shares a few of Calum's stories - always worth reading, but here made especially helpful to the learner because he explains how he came to write each one.

He also helpfully differentiates between flash fiction and short stories, stressing that many of the same rules apply to both, but making it clear how they differ too. As I also write short stories, this advice was very welcome.

An excellent source of inspiration and encouragement to write flash fiction, and to write every day, as Calum does (which is how he is so prolific). His advice is especially authoritative as he so clearly practises what he preaches. Thank you, Calum Kerr.
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I enjoyed this snappy intro to flash-fiction. Dr Kerr writes in the style of a friendly tutor, guiding you through various explanations and exercises, each helping you feel more familiar with what flash-fiction is and what it can do. The end point is to get you writing pieces of your own and, if you like, submit them for publication.

The nine chapters are each between 10 and 15 pages long, making them perfectly digestible over the course of one sitting. You could probably take the whole book on in one day if you were so inclined, but many of the exercises are aimed at helping you reflect as a writer, both on what you do and what other writers are secretly up to. I found my pace of a chapter an evening felt just right.

All the basic points are covered (prompts, plot, dialogue, perspective, etc) and there are plenty of references to other books if, for example, you fancy a more substantial account of the importance of plot types or characterisation.

So there it is. If you have £6 and a few free evenings, as well as an interest in writing and how to get better at it, then this is the book for you. 5 Stars.
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I wonder if all the good reviews here are by people who actually write fast fiction or who would like to write it and are just starting out. The main trouble for me is in the title of this book which I see is 'Vol 1' and therefore probably one of a series. In that case, perhaps this volume should be called 'An Introduction to Writing Flash Fiction' or 'Flash Fiction For Beginner Writers' or even 'Things You Need to Know About Flash Fiction' because much of it is a whistle stop tour of writing fiction/short fiction in general (which the author "confesses" towards the end of the book) preceded by a few general creative writing exercises about using your senses. This is not at all satisfying for a writer who writes fiction already but would like try their hand at flash fiction. The author tells us that flash fiction is not a poem and not a prose poem, that there is a difference between the two but doesn't say what that difference is. He goes on to tell us what the job of a poem is but omits the job of a prose poem. Some readers may be left wondering how a prose poem differs from flash fiction because it certainly does. A series of prompts and exercises follows but then he says "Take one of your selection of prompts/ideas/ concepts/generated...and turn it into a story." What? Just like that? Is he suggesting we write a regular short story here and then remove what is not necessary; cut it back, later? After more pages describing components of short stories in general, we are then told "Overleaf are the outlines of the 7 basic pots as described by Christopher Brooker. Use one to write a flash fiction" But we have only been told what flash fiction is not, followed by what components they share with short fiction in general.Read more ›
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This is a useful book for any writer of flash. It's a very engaging, easy to read book with helpful exercises and examples. Good stuff.
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