Romance in a Flash by Maria Cox
Flash fiction is a short form of storytelling defined by the number of words and/or sentences, which of course vary from writer to writer. In a nutshell, flash fiction is any writing material more than 50 words and less than 1,500 words—some flash fiction writers stretch the limit to 2,000 words.
Note: Other names for flash fiction are micro fiction, pocket-size story, and minute-long story.
Flash fiction has been around for many years—reportedly since the early 1990’s—but has become increasingly prevalent in the literary community over the last five to seven years. Once regarded as “lazy” work, flash fiction is now considered quite the opposite: intellectually challenging storytelling. So even though by definition the context of flash fiction is to remain extremely short, it is not a medium that tolerates fragmented writing. The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential.
It stands to reason that in a society where people expect information at lightning speed that the instant gratification that flash fiction provides would grow in popularity. Due to its wide spread appeal today, many mainstream publications have shifted their focus to include flash fiction. For example Women’s Day Magazine has a romantic stories section that calls for <800 words and Cosmopolitan has a steamy romantic section that calls for >800 words. Also, there are many publications that exclusively feature works in flash fiction format, Vestal Review, Brevity Magazine, and FLASH Fiction Online just to name a few.
As it pertains to the romance genre itself numerous romance publishers such as Decadent, Secret Cravings, Etopia, and Evernight have in recent years added Anthologies to their categories; Anthologies are compilation of flash fiction and/or short stories.
In my early writing days, I wrote predominantly flash fiction. Today, however, many of my stories are novelettes (<17.5K words). Either which way, writing brief is big business not only here in United States, but in other parts of the world as well. If you’d like to learn more about flash fiction, click here for more information.
About the Author
Maria Cox is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, she is also is the past President of the Phoenix Writers Club.
Maria has been writing stories since she was a young girl. She picked up her first romance novel when she was just eleven years old and has loved the genre ever since. Maria writes sensual romance, stories that showcase strong, sassy, and sexy characters. When not writing fiction, Maria works as a technical writer. She lives in Queens, New York.
Please visit her site www.mywritingden.net and/or follow her on Twitter.
As a poor kid growing up in Brownsville, JADEN SMITH learns to adapt and survive. At twenty-one years of age he’s lucky to be alive and sober. Now with a degree in hand Jaden intends to make it out of Brooklyn’s public housing by whatever means necessary.
The daughter of a powerful mob boss BECCA SORRENTINI has the world at her feet everything except the most basic of human rights: freedom. A slave to her father’s traditional ways Becca is desperate for a way out of the Sorrentini family life. A one-night stand with a handsome acquaintance may just lead Becca to redemption.
Secret Cravings Publishing