CHAPTERS 6 & 7 ("The First Few Lines" & "I Want It But I Can't Have It, So I'll...")
CHAPTERS 8 & 9 ("Kaye's Rule of Six C's" & "Compressed Scene & Story Line")
CHAPTERS 10 & 11 ("Stimulus/Response, Chronological Order" & "Whose Story Is it?")
CHAPTERS 12 & 13 ("Moving the Story Forward" & "The Shape of Flash")
CHAPTERS 14 & 15 ("Consequences of Desire Thwarted" & "Characters")
n "Agoraclaustrophobia" the Australian wilderness plays the part of reflecting the daughter's fears.
Prompts: Your character lives on a remote research facility in the Antarctic. A blizzard approaches. What happens to the main character during the blizzard?
Let a crowd behave badly. How does this offer conflict and tension? What does the main character do to survive the crowd's behavior? What does the crowd want and how will the crowd achieve its desire? What will block the people from getting what they want?
The reader must care about your main character. If the reader doesn't care what happens to him/her, the story won't matter and the reader will not read on. Create a character of interest or a character in an interesting situation.
What are the stakes for the main character?
The higher the stakes, the higher the tension.
In flash, the compressed size limits dynamic change. Change in the character or the situation will not be huge, but the scene can demonstrate a small episode with a situational or character change. In "Agoraclaustrophobia" the father found a solution to the broken-down car while the daughter experienced overwhelming anxiety. This tension was relieved when the father returned. We have a change in situation and a change in character emotion.
Prompts: Shady, precious, giant. Write a scene using these 3 words in any order, creating a character of interest. Restrict the scene to 100 words or fewer.
Or, open a thesaurus and close your eyes. Randomly pick 3 words to combine into a tiny story.