Fiction up to 500 words is considered ‘micro fiction’ or ‘flash fiction’. Rather than conveying a rigid beginning, middle and end, fiction of this length usually tries to capture a glimpse of a story. This doesn’t mean that you have to relinquish conflict, suspense or plot! Here are some interesting links to get you started:
National Flash Fiction Day – information on the form and suggestions for which writers to check out.
Flash Fiction Online – examples to read for inspiration.
Writers and Artists – some advice on writing from experienced authors.
For your submission to lockdownbabybabble, you could delve into fantasy with magic babies operating a portal to another world. Science fiction, with robot babies that can communicate across the distance. Or magical realism, with a baby born walking and talking, but in your story-realm that’s totally normal…
You may prefer to explore the remit of ‘babies in lockdown’ through realism or drama – perhaps imagining what it could be like to have twins in lockdown, how a parent might navigate shared custody, or what it’s like to find out you’re pregnant.
Whatever your style, here are some writing prompts to try:
- Superhero babies, discuss.
- “Darling, have you seen the baby? He’s not on the changing mat…”
- Run out of nappies? Get creative
- Immunisations – the excitement! An outing!
- A first-time parent’s first bath-time…
- Sleep? What’s that? – a zombie’s monologue