Starting a writing blog is a great way to exercise your writing muscles. If you’re not interested in telling a drawn-out serial, give flash fiction a try.

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Flash fiction is a great way to adapt your writing to fit blog formatting.
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If you’ve just started writing, the internet is a great way to build up a fanbase for yourself. You can publish your writing and get constructive feedback. It can also be a fun way to exercise your imagination and practice telling a story.

Some online writers take advantage of blog formatting to write serialized stories that go on for years. Some authors even write blogs through a narrator’s perspective, as a written form of found-footage/mockumentary stories. However, not everyone is good at handling long serial stories, especially if you’re new to writing.

If you’re thinking of starting a writing blog and don’t want to write a serialized story, try writing flash fiction. The flash fiction genre attempts to tell a complete story in 1,500 words or less. While short stories have always been popular, the internet and the fast-moving world that came with it, have made flash fiction more popular than ever.

Flash Fiction for Beginners

A magnificent piece of flash fiction can tell a complete story in 1,500 words or less. For reference, this article ended up being around 600 words – and flash fiction will have that same limitation. The trick in flash fiction is to tell a complete story within the limits it has given you.

This isn’t always as hard as it sounds. The trick is to cut out anything that isn’t necessary. If you’ve ever heard “For sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn,” that should be close to what you’re going for. We need not know about the parents, or even the circumstances, to know that something tragic happened in that six-word story.

When I say you should cut out anything you don’t need, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should cut out all the details. A good flash fiction story will achieve brevity by going smaller, not broader. If you can pick out a single object, moment, or image – like the famous baby shoes – there might be an entire story waiting for you.

Flash fiction can be an excellent exercise for new writers, especially writers who want to create a presence on the internet. Even if you’re eventually planning to upgrade to a novel or a web serial, writing within the limits of flash fiction can teach a new writer a lot about the art of being concise and show-don’t-tell.

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With enough practice, you may write enough flash fiction to fill a book!
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Writing Flash Fiction for Blogs

While a web novel attempts to write a traditional medium (a book) in a blog format, flash fiction takes a unique approach. Flash fiction has been around for a while but gained further popularity since the rise of the internet. However, the fundamental problem for many flash fiction writers is coming up with a consistent stream of ideas to keep their blog going.

If you’ve just started writing, try to make a post a week for the first few weeks. 1,500 words may not seem like a big deal, but you must consider the editing process. As anyone who finds themselves limited by 300-word blog posts can tell you, it might be harder to stay under your limit than reach it.

When you’re just starting your blog, it may be a good idea to make a list of ideas to write about later. Sometimes you’ll rely on inspiration to write, but this won’t always be the case. If you get stuck, you can fall back on this list.

As you get more comfortable with the flash fiction medium, you might increase the number of posts you make every week. Writing fiction for a blog can be excellent practice for meeting deadlines and writing on a schedule, and it gets easier the longer you do it. Who knows, with enough practice, you might pump out bite-sized stories every day.

Flash fiction can be a suitable alternative for internet writers who don’t want to deal with the pressure of a web novel. It’s also an excellent exercise for new writers. Writing longer stories might become a lot easier if you can tell a complete story in 1,500 words or less.