I liked today’s story on daily science fiction. (No link, sorry. Way too hard to do that on my phone. Go look it up yourself.) I find a lot of the flash they publish fairly mediocre and today’s was not. It was in fact good enough to get me thinking about the nature of flash fiction as a story telling medium and what the pieces I really like have in common.
I’m horrifically sleep deprived, have been high on cold medicine for days and am feeling hung over from them now, so this is probably incoherent or patently wrong, but I think the trick is that good flash isn’t a story st all; it suggests a story that then happens in the readers head instead of on the page. Has anybody waxed more eloquently on this thought for me so I don’t have to flesh it out myself?