short story


It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


I’m fascinated with flash fiction, short stories, those 100 word challenges. It seems they force one to get down to basics.

Like many, I respect the art of language. It has been my lifelong pursuit.

Words bring thought alive.

Long lavish descriptions, elaborate plot twists, detailed character development are all admirable.

They are just not my style.

If I can’t tell the story in a few words, then I can’t tell a story.

It is why I most likely won’t publish a book.

And that’s okay.

I’ll get my story out.

One piece at a time.


Note: At this busy time of the year, I’ll attempt to write some short pieces on this blog.

You’re welcome.


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40 Responses to Brevity

  1. Great blog. I’m working on some 1000 word short stories for a compilation at the moment instead of writing another novel. I’m really enjoying it!

  2. The V-Pub says:

    How I wish more people knew about brevity. My favorite is when someone at work tells a long story, then adds ‘to make a long story short’. Well, yeah, that train already left.

  3. I have the opposite problem. I don’t think I could write a 100 word flash fiction story if my life depended on it, although I maybe could do it is a long series of 100-word segments.

  4. Nurse Kelly says:

    Sooo appreciate this with respect to blogging! Get in and get out! Amen, Van! You rock the posts!

  5. wgr56 says:

    When it comes to brevity, I am a failure. Must. Try. Harder!

  6. Erika Kind says:

    That is very true! I try to keep my posts short. But my Monday posts… no chance… it would miss its purpose. But at least it has no twists… lol

  7. LaVagabonde says:

    I started out writing flash fiction, but now I’m working on my second full-length book. It is tough. I try to keep my posts short, too, but they often go over 1000 words. Flash is a good way to hone the writing skills.

  8. I really love short stories or essay collections like David Sedaris or Jenny Lawson.

  9. C.E.Robinson says:

    Van I agree brevity is good! Even though I don’t write flash fiction, I’ve shortened chapters in my WIP. And I like to read books that have shorter chapters. Seems I can put a book down and take a break only after I’ve read a chapter. I get lost in longer ones! Chryssa

  10. George says:

    Flash fiction is such fun. I really need to get back into that a bit. Looking forward to reading your stories.

  11. There is something for everyone, which is one reason why stories and books are so great. I’m definitely for brevity when it comes to blogging, but I also love reading big thick long books. I’m enjoying your story for sure. 🙂

  12. lbeth1950 says:

    Looking forward to every word!

  13. mitchteemley says:

    Yes! Blogging has been a great “brevity sensei” for me!

  14. Look forward to your short pieces!

  15. Sawsan says:

    One Precious piece at a time…

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