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StarFleet Carl

I've been posting regularly every Thursday evening for about 18 months. Finally finished my first story. Every week I would watch during the week and see how many times the last chapter had been downloaded before I post the next chapter. It'd be anywhere from 600 - 750 times after being up for a full week, and I'd think, okay, some people are reading this, good.

It's now Saturday morning, so my final chapter has been up for less than 36 hours. It's been downloaded nearly 900 times. What the hell?

Oh, well ... Unrelated, what's considered a 'flash' story length, versus a simple story? Reason I'm asking this is I'm working on my second story. I'm taking my time with it, but I can't see it being more than maybe ten pages. I just wanted to make sure I use appropriate tags and such.

Replies:   red61544  Switch Blayde
red61544

@StarFleet Carl

The increase in downloads is probably attributable to the readers who won't download a story until it's finished.

Switch Blayde

@StarFleet Carl

what's considered a 'flash' story length


I don't know SOL's definition, but a flash story is typically less than 1,000 words.

Someone else might say anything shorter than a short story, but then you need to define how many words that is.

Replies:   REP  Crumbly Writer
REP

@Switch Blayde

anything shorter than a short story, but then you need to define how many words that is.


It may not apply, but SOL's Contest Rules for a story indicate 20KB (4000 words) to be the minimum story length.

Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

Someone else might say anything shorter than a short story, but then you need to define how many words that is.

A short story, at least by the traditional publishing metrics, is generally defined as anything from 5,000 to 1,500 words. Novellas run between 30,000 and 50,000, and anything over is generally a novel (though of course, each specific genre has it's own ranges).

Flash, from what I understand of it, never having participated, has more to do with a writing method, essentially encouraging hesitant new authors to dump as many words on a page as possible within a specific period to get them over their own hesitation. This form of 'flash writing' has been very successful (at least in terms of encouraging new authors).

Ernest Bywater

A short story is anything under 7,500 words, as per:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count

also this is interesting about Flash Stories

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction

The places I've seen advertise a Flash Story contest have usually put a limit of between 750 and 1,000 words on the stories to be submitted.

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Ernest Bywater

The places I've seen advertise a Flash Story contest have usually put a limit of between 750 and 1,000 words on the stories to be submitted.


The contest I wrote "Coming Home" for limited me to 750 words.

It was the hardest writing I ever did. I was nowhere into the plot when I realized I was approaching 1,500 words. I think I finished it at 749 words.

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