The BEST Formula for writing Flash Fiction and Pulp Stories
Ok, wordsmiths, let's talk today about what I've found to be the essential element of writing short-form fiction. This also works for longer pieces (novellas, novelettes, and novels), but I've seen it particularly effective writing flash fiction or pulp stories.
With the limited word count, you need to get in quick, hit the reader with some quality haymakers, one two three, trash the place a bit, leave an impression, then get the hell out before the reader knows what happened.
I've read many books on writing, listened to a ton of writing podcasts, thumbed through a few books on flash fiction and a couple of books on pulp stories. I've watched some video classes, took an online course or two, and have finally developed my recipe for what I've found is a common thread in all of these lessons:
The formula is this:
Stimulus creates change (15%)
Characters change and adapt (80%)