Matthew Salesses’ I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying is the first flash fiction I have ever read. And admittedly, I am fascinated by the storytelling not only because flash fiction is a novel idea for me, but also because of the simplicity and precision of the narrative. After poking around on the internet for a phrase that defines flash fiction, I have come to understand that, flash fiction is in ways similar to a Twitter post, which allows a user to post 140 characters or less.
In the world of flash fiction, it is best for a person to use the smallest number of words possible to tell a story. Although the storytelling can sometimes be fragmented, a piece of good flash fiction should present vividly the explosion of moments. By this I mean, good flash fiction demonstrates the flashes of inspiration that were going through the author’s head as he/her wrote it. Another fascinating aspect of flash fiction is its subtlety. Similar to how a story is told in a film, flash fiction can not include all the things that happen; instead, it only shows the most essential moments of all.