Some of you already know the different types of fiction out there. For others, terms like “vignettes” might make them think of salads or marinades (for the record, that term is actually a “vinaigrette”). I’ve tried to split this page up in the best way to help new readers learn the terminology, while still making it easy for the more experienced readers to find what they’re looking for.
If you are one of the new readers, scroll down to see what’s being offered and the explanation for each type of fiction style.
If you’re one of the experienced, here is the table of contents:
The smallest/shortest version of flashfiction (that I’m aware of). You know those “Two Sentence Horror Stories” you find on places like Reddit? That’s microfiction. It’s short, quick, to the point, and – for some – might make a good writing prompt to build on.
Started on Twitter by @JamesNealWrites, the challenge was to take a light prompt and turn it dark, and then vice versa.
Jack & Jill
Mi Cuerpo es su Cuerpo
School of No More
Taken from assorted places, prompts will be linked with the fiction.
Flashfiction is something that is A. Written in a flash, and B. can be read in a flash. It’s short – anywhere from a single paragraph to two, usually – and, in my experience, anyway, almost like when you walk by someone having a conversation and you hear just enough of it to get an idea of the story they’re telling, but not enough to really answer all the burning questions you then have running through your mind.
An Unsigned Note
“The Survival Chronicles” tie-in. Set between “Say ‘No!’ to Zombies” and “Don’t Feed the Trolls”.
Dust in the Wind
Saying goodbye is never easy.
Hands At the 10 and 2 Position, Please.
Someone is distracted behind the wheel of a car.
If you could choose where you were going to die, where would you pick?
**TW: Heavily implied unconventional assisted suicide.**
If you’re lucky, it’ll kill you last.
When you want an answer bad enough, nothing will stop you.
Etlan tie-in. Consider it a preview into a world I haven’t shared yet.
Not too short, not too long, maybe not even “just right”. Vignettes are like snapshots of emotion. They usually center around that emotion and try to capture it in a single scene. Because of that, they tend to be short, but not as short flashfiction or microfiction.
I think it’s funny that we fit so well together.
In the meantime, I float here, untethered and unafraid, bathed in the light of a thousand galaxies as I wait for you.
I do think this is rather self-explanatory, but just because I think it is, doesn’t make it so. Short stories are longer than all of the above mentioned fiction types, but nowhere near novel length. Usually anywhere between one and ten pages long, these are self-contained works of fiction that have a set beginning and end.
The Witch’s Café
Based on this writing prompt: “I’m sick of magical worlds with no technology. I want fairy run coffee shops where you can get a latte with a shot of charisma, because you’ve got a big presentation you’re worried about, or witches working at Apple selling phones that automatically appear in your pocket if you accidentally leave it somewhere, or psychics running hair salons who always know how you want your hair to look, or aura reader therapists. I just really want normalized magic in modern society”
A dark twist to an old tale.
I love tarot, but I have the hardest time remembering what each card stands for. I started this series to help me with that. Most of these will be stand-alone works. If any are continuations of another, they will be marked.
1. Ace of Swords – Upright – Crowning Achievement
These are pieces that don’t really fit anywhere else.
House of Seasons
Dedicated to all of you who keep pushing forward. I see you.