This writing exercise teaches you how to skip the preamble and background detail, which you so often don’t have room for in a flash story, and head directly into the intimate detail that makes the story most interesting.
- Think of a significant personal event that you shared with a good friend or family member.
Perhaps a road trip, a reunion, or a class? Maybe a party, a performance, or a job?
- Write down a few phrases that capture the experience for you; how you felt about it, the environment, anything important your friend said, what your life was like at the time, etc.
- Write a letter to your friend about the event.
- Free-write the first draft with no concern about length, sentence structure, spelling, or rambling.
- The best part about this is you can leave out the where, when, who, and explanatory details
…because your friend already knows them.
- Focus on the memories of your experience; what made it significant for you, your emotions
…and insights,any changes that came about because of the event, etc.
- Hone the letter into a flash story. You might need to drop the letter format, maybe not.
See What makes a flash story? and 11 editing tips for help.
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