More of my flash fiction is out this week in Pound of Flash. This particular piece, Twenty Questions, really is a micro-fiction piece at 163 words. It’s the second smallest snippet of fiction I’ve written (the other is 100 words exactly).

There are so many benefits of flash fiction: a quick-fix read for those with short attention spans; an outlet for a writer who has an interesting, but not fully-fledged story concept that would be better as a vignette; a fun, quirky, little piece leading up to a punchline etc. Why not write it up as a poem then? I suppose for me, it depends. Some ideas could work well as both, but generally I find that dialogue works better as fiction and abstract ideas as verse… or prose-poetry, or fictionesque-verse… or a boundary-crossing mishmash. What happens if you try to do too many things at once? The birth of a linguistic mongrel!

Too many things at once... candid camera: chu-hi and curlers

Too many things at once… candid camera: chu-hi and curlers

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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