Tip #18 Narrow Down the Story. Then Narrow It Down Again. And Again.

A Flash Fiction story needs to be narrow. In one hundred words a writer can’t write about the end of the world. I couldn’t even write about so many things. How did it happen? Who are our characters? How does it make them feel? What’s the timeline?  What has caused the world to end? It’s just too broad for a flash fiction writer like me. I can only focus on one thing. A doorbell during the apocalypse. Is that narrow enough for you? Think skinny. Think narrow, and think small.

But I could write a story about a doorbell and what happens after it’s pressed. 

Title: When The Doorbell Rings

When the doorbell rings, the dog doesn’t bark and the cat doesn’t jump.

When the phone rings, the husband doesn’t wake and the wife doesn’t stir.

When the barricade is breached, the children don’t cry and the neighbors don’t run.

When martial law was declared, the National Guard didn’t fight and the zombies didn’t flee.

Her’s an article about how to narrow down your topic:

Author: Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson is an art-student, runner, publisher, and writer who lives in Colorado. https://madcow.press

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