The six word short story above has been widely attributed to Hemingway. In celebration of Flash Fiction Day on June 22, I’m going concise.

Flash fiction is a tiny bite. The shortest of short stories. As much as a 1,000 words, some only 100. No time to set scenes, to build characters. Understated and subtle, less will always be more. A mere glimpse of a time. Like Michelangelo, sculpt to the bare necessities. Write long, go short.

Write something tiny. Take a breath, let only a few words spill onto the page. Then wipe some off. Write 100 words to a photo prompt. Submit 500 to 1,000 for a flash story. Craft a six-word memoir. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it.