Practicing the Craft

Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

flash non-fiction

I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following:

I’ve been reading Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, edited by Dinty W. Moore (available in paperback and Kindle) and it’s charging me up to try my hand at writing a 750-ish-word essay.  Each chapter is written by a flash non-fiction writer and covers topics from writing about people,  locations, objects, and observations. Each chapter contains an exercise followed by an example of the exercise, written by the chapter’s author.

The exercise I’m going to try is picking three specific elements from what you see around you (in the author’s case, his desk) and then examine how they correspond one to another; what associations they bring you, and how they illuminate something about you.

Over the next few days I’m going to work on my flash non-fiction essay and I invite you to join me.  (Don’t be shy!).  I’ve picked my three elements – a Zuni bear fetish, a porcelain unicorn and a ceramic blessing goddess- and am now considering what to write.

Will you join me?  I’ll post my flash non-fiction piece here as soon as I’ve finished and will post your piece (with your permission) as well.  Let’s see what we can create 🙂


P.S. Just use the Contact button to send over your flash non-fiction. Or, if you prefer, you can always find me nancy [at]

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