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The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction Tips from Editors Teachers and Writers in the Field With its unprecedented gathering of brief essays by experts in the field The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of

  • Title: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
  • Author: Tara Lynn Masih
  • ISBN: 9780988764507
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • With its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the re emerging genre popularly known as flash fiction The book s introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its earlyWith its unprecedented gathering of 25 brief essays by experts in the field, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction meets the growing need for a concise yet creative exploration of the re emerging genre popularly known as flash fiction The book s introduction provides, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the short short story, from its early roots and hitherto unknown early publications and appearances, to its current state and practice This guide is a must for anyone in the field of short fiction who teaches, writes, and is interested in its genesis and practice.FEATURING ESSAYS FROM Steve Almond Rusty Barnes Randall Brown Mark Budman Stace Budzko Robert Olen Butler Ron Carlson Pamelyn Casto Kim Chinquee Stuart Dybek Pia Z Ehrhardt Sherrie Flick Vanessa Gebbie Tom Hazuka Nathan Leslie Michael Martone Julio Ortega Pamela Painter Jayne Anne Phillips Jennifer Pieroni Shouhua Qi Bruce Holland Rogers Robert Shapard Deb Olin Unferth Lex Williford

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    1. Teresa on said:

      This book is amazing! And much needed for those interested, but not an expert, in the 'flash fiction' form. Like some of the contributors to this guide, I have struggled with the term, feeling there is a difference between short-short stories (simply going by word count) and a true flash fiction piece, and some of the entries helped clarify this for me. I've had a few short-shorts published, but feel as if only one of them (maybe two) was a true flash. That one was inspired by a dream, and much [...]

    2. Tara on said:

      I found this book to be one of the finest resources of writing fiction in any genre I’ve ever worked through. I’d been curious about flash fiction for some time, having read several anthologies and individual chapbooks of flash, but always got a little stuck when I tried my hand at the form. The Field Guide offers a comprehensive yet entertaining historic overview of flash written by its editor, Tara L. Masih, a yummy (and extensive) reading and further resources list, and 25 wholly unique e [...]

    3. Nic on said:

      I read this book with a highlighter in hand and a notebook at the ready. Masih really has put together a fine assemblage of essays, ideas, samples and exercises for the flash fiction writer. I was impressed by both the depth and the readability of her introduction, where she provides the most solid, comprehensive history of the form I've found anywhere.I was also struck by the absence of repetition in the contributor's remarks. I've read several books in this format - writing exercises culled fr [...]

    4. Adam Collings on said:

      I came to this book hoping for a practical guide to the rules of writing flash fiction - though having finished the book I find that may have been the wrong goal - given that flash fiction appears much more experimental and literary than the kind of writing I'm used to. The book is a collection of essays - in a lot of cases more academic than practical. Some of them went over my head a bit. I have certainly learned a lot from this book - but the biggest lesson I've learned is that flash fiction [...]

    5. C. Clark on said:

      hopeclark/2011/02I think flash fiction is fun reading. I adore novels, dislike short stories, but flash is sharp, tight, slap-me-in-the-face savvy. So when Tara L. Masih contacted me about her book, Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, I said I'd take a look at it, and see what I thought.This book is worthy of a collegiate classroom, my friend. If you have any inclination toward writing flash, read this. Published by Rose Metal Press, Writing Flash Fiction is edited by Tara L. Masih, also autho [...]

    6. Katey Schultz on said:

      Thanks to Rose Metal Press, who published the Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, I had access to a 38-page mini-history of flash fiction from around the world. This introduction, written by Tara L Masih (also the editor of the book), is one of the most engaging, specific introductions to a book I have ever read. I have a hard time not crossing my eyes when someone starts "talking history" but the combo of her succinct thoroughness and my own love of flash, has convinced me Masih’s intro is [...]

    7. Hobie Anthony on said:

      Love this book. The essays offer insights and contradictions, all in the service of one of my favorite genres - certainly the genre I have published the most in. If you write prose, you owe it to yourself to pick this book up. Flash is all over the internet and fits nicely on smartphone screens. Flash goes great in books, and I'm sure a journal is more likely to gamble on a two-page flash than a 30pp short story. Plus, Flash is powerful and fun to write. Get thee to the Rose Metal Website and pu [...]

    8. Nan on said:

      Rose Metal Press continues to produce some fine collections. The introduction is a great survey of the short short. The essays come from some of the finest fiction practioners around (Stuart Dybek, Jayne Anne Phillips). A few of the prompts seem silly. (I don't think I'll try the inkblots, and the word loop is just loopy.)

    9. Sue on said:

      What a stellar resource! Truly inspiring and great for both teaching and working with flash. I believe every writer of flash should own a copy! So helpful for teaching, too.

    10. Gene Brode, Jr. on said:

      If you want to learn how to write flash fiction and/or improve at it, you need to buy this book. I wanted to learn how to do flash fiction well, and someone had recommended this a year or two ago. When I finally got it I fell under the spell of these essays and found myself flooded with inspiration to create. I have been striving to write and improve my short stories in my spare time for years. I have several other books on craft, including Garder's The Art of Fiction, Burroway's Writing Fiction [...]

    11. Erik on said:

      I picked up this book for several reasons, the first being that I'm a fan of the fiction that many of the essayists in this book write, but secondly as someone transitioning (ever so slowly) from career A to career B (one focused on the instruction of English and writing) I wanted to see what this book had to say. My hopes for the text were that it would have some decent insight, maybe a dash of inspiration -- it simply didn't have that. What The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fic [...]

    12. Colin on said:

      The intro surprised me by establishing the historical and critical validity of "flash fiction." After all, acclaimed writers who've ducked under 1,000 words to tell a tale include Ernest Hemingway, Donald Barthelme, O. Henry, Jayne Anne Phillips, Jorge Luis Borges, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Ambrose Bierce, Sherwood Anderson, Ron Carlson, Stuart Dybek, and many more. This book has 25 craft essays paired with 25 examples of flash fiction. It makes a heck of an intro as well as a short mas [...]

    13. Kevin on said:

      I read a bunch of this a couple of months ago for a flash fiction class I was teaching and there was definitely some great stuff in it. Tonight, I read the Stuart Dybek thing on Brautigan's story, Lint, and Deb Olin Unferth's piece about Diane Williams's (whose stories almost always seem to beg for analysis!). For teachers and students alike, this book could be a very important tool in understanding and creating quality flash fictions.

    14. Harley on said:

      This book is making my month. Flash fiction is my métier, and more than any other discussion of flash, this book makes me proud of that. And gives me so much help with it. I am trying not to hurry, and not every contribution (it's a collection of articles) is meaningful to me, but it's going to be re-read as soon as I get to the end of it. And now i see there is another book by Rose Metal Press on prose poetry, and I must get it!

    15. Quinn Irwin on said:

      While the collection is a little repetitious--perhaps sixty to seventy percent of the essays offered definitions of the form, some insightful, some not--and while not every essay is particularly helpful, the book, as a whole, is excellent. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning about flash fiction, as a writer or reader.

    16. Heather on said:

      No one is going to like every exercise in this book, but I'd say for me I want to try at least 85% of them. There are some great ideas to jump start your writing, and each chapter includes a story of it's own, so it's almost as much anthology as it is guidebook. I have a feeling this is the type of book I will refer to again and again for inspiration, rather than letting it just sit on my shelf.

    17. Kenny Chaffin on said:

      Love this book! Many poignant (short) articles and examples. I personally don't care so much for the exercises, but I know some people find them very useful (as do I on occasion). Required reading for anyone wanting to or practicing the art of Flash!P.S. also the Rose Metal Press field Guide to Flash NONFICTION. Is excellent as well!

    18. Karen on said:

      A great anthology for those who want a book about the genre of flash fiction, or "sudden fiction" as it is sometimes called. This book is filled with essays and exercises regarding one of America's most popular literary forms. I especially enjoyed the introduction which explores the history of the short story. A great read.

    19. Heather Fowler on said:

      This is an excellent book of essays about writing flash fiction from many of the notable writers out there in the genre. I used it as part of a curriculum for a short fiction workshop I taught, and while geared toward flash and micro-fiction, the essays are equally valuable for those writing short fiction of a standard length. :) It also has writing exercises that are quite fun.

    20. Amorak Huey on said:

      This whole series is solid. Lots of advice, musing, helpful exercises. I would say all these books are perhaps best-suited as introductions to the forms -- they don't break a lot of new ground, so if you've already been reading and thinking in depth about the forms, you won't necessarily find many surprises here.

    21. Steven on said:

      Has an excellent 27-page introductory essay on the history of flash fiction and then 25 essays on the craft of writing flash. Each essay is followed by prompts or exercises and a sample flash fiction. Good bibliography of anthologies and flash fiction story collections. Seems a fantastic tool for both writers and creative writing teachers.

    22. Tara on said:

      Really nice compilation of thoughtful (and short) essays from various writers and editors about what makes flash fiction work—and worth reading. Also includes prompts and exercises for writing your own and a really nice (long) introduction to the history of flash fiction around the world.

    23. Kaye Linden on said:

      I have read this book over ten times, taking notes and breaking down the wisdom from these well known writers of flash fiction. It is clear, professional and concise. I love this book. It is my "go to" reference for flash fiction.

    24. Al Kratz on said:

      Absolute requirement for flash writers. Lots of different takes on the form and not too too much dwelling of the by now over treated topics such as word count or introductory (pedantic) definitions of the form.

    25. Lex Williford on said:

      I admit I'm a little biased because I have an exercise in the book, but I've used it in several classes and most of my students loved it, including a few who've written great reviews I didn't know about here.Lex Williford

    26. Mary on said:

      Exceptional guide to writing flash fiction. Each article is like a little flash of non-fiction with some great prompts. Tempted to retread the book immediately but too much writing to do now!

    27. Yasmin on said:

      this is a great little book that gives some great writing exercises. it has a great set-up so you can read a chapter put it down and come back to it later.

    28. Phyllis Duncan on said:

      An excellent history of the craft of flash fiction--and wonderful flash fiction exercises. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of writing short, short fiction.

    29. Kathleen Basi on said:

      Interesting exercises and reflections, geared primarily (though not entirely) toward literary fiction. I hope to revisit them to help me stretch myself.

    30. Kathryn on said:

      I used this as a text in one of my writing classes. I like its brevity, good range of exemplar stories, historical overview of the genre and helpful exercises and craft discussions.

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