We get so wrapped up in novels that sometimes it’s hard to recall the charm of short fiction, but sometimes, all you want is a few moments and a thought. A few hours and giant plot arcs are great, but flash fiction is an art form too, and because we can’t buy it one chunk at a time, we tend to forget about it.
Who else is from a fandom where drabbles (100 words exactly) and double drabbles (200 words exactly, not 199, not 201) are considered a weekly exercise? Eden Winters is, and she’s so practiced at this micro-art that you give her up to 1000 words and she’s got a story contained in that space.
A reviewer of our acquaintance, Cryselle of Cryselle’s Bookshelf, posts a prompt picture every week, and sometimes a writer takers up the challenge. Everyone’s welcome to play, she says, and Eden finds inspiration there on a regular basis. I’ve been known to play a time or two. This time, Eden had a character that goes by no name other than “Cowboy” and when Cryselle put up this pic:
Eden knew just who to send. Y’all oughta go read it. 😉