As promised, here is a list of presentation sources, resources, links, recommendations and examples of sex in flash fiction. Basically, this is everything that wouldn’t fit on a PowerPoint slide, plus two bonus prompts. (ooh!)
I’ll post the full presentation in the next few days, but in the meantime, here are some rabbit holes to fall down.
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field. ed. Tara L. Masih. Rose Metal Press, 2009.
Adrea Kore’s Guest Post on Flash Fiction. F. Dot Leonora, October 7, 2016.
“Short and Sweet: Reading and Writing Flash Fiction” by Amanda Christy Brown & Katherine Schulten. The New York Times, October, 3, 2013.
‘”Flash Fiction: What’s It All About?” by Becky Such. The Review Review, 2015.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Andrew McMeel Publishing, 2015. (p. 114) –> Word Choice.
420 Characters by Lou Beach. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (p. 77) –> Details
Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. Harcourt Brace Jovanavich, 1977. –> Pacing and Rhythm
“A Love Story in 18 Words” by Malin James. People. Sex. Culture. February, 2017. –> Negative Space
“Mine” by Szilvia Molnar. Quick Fiction. (Out of Print). –>Imagery
On Implication by Malin James
Tell Me a (Very Short) Story: On Plot in Flash Fiction by Malin James
What You Owe the Reader by Malin James
Stories in Your Pocket: How to Write Flash Fiction by David Gaffney
Why Write Erotic Fiction by Emmanuelle de Maupassant
Flash Fiction: A List of Resources at The Review Review
Recommendations & Examples:
F. Dot Leonora’s Friday Flash Meme (erotic flash fiction)
Dirty Little Numbers, ed. by Lana Fox & Angela Taveres. Go Deeper Press, 2013.
The Big Book of Orgasms, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel. Cleis Press, 2013.
The Big Book of Submission, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel. Cleis Press, 2014.
Gotta Have It, ed. Rachel Kramer Bussel. Cleis Press, 2012.
Sudden Fiction, ed Robert Shapard & James Thomas. Gibbs Smith, 1983.
- Write a piece of erotic flash fiction, no longer than 500 words, about a mundane item of clothing. No corsets, knickers or ball gags. Think trainers and pajama pants. The challenge is to make something not sexy, sexy in as few words as possible. Added points if that sexiness gives the story resonance.
- Take a tired, done-to-death trope, like the big bad alpha or the simpering sub, and turn it on it’s head. Twist the lens. Find something fresh and erotic in a scenario you’ve basically read to death.
ps – If you write or post anything based on these prompts, let me know – I’d love to read it.