by Hayley Haines
“The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction”, is the perfect book for those who are beginning to write Flash Fiction short stories themselves. Tara L. Masih, a freelancer for companies such as Ballantine Books and Harvard University Press, is the editor for this field guide. Her own flash fiction has won awards (Tall Grasses and Fragile Skins).
If you are looking for an introduction to the forms of writing flash fiction, this is the book to read. If you already have a view of how flash fiction this book can be used as a quick review.
This book is filled with advice from teachers, editors, and other writers in the field. There are many examples in this book that will allow you to have a better perspective on how you should be writing your own stories. For instance, Vanessa Gebbie wrote about the proper way to open up your own writing. You need to be able to capture the attention of your readers and that is just what is done. The titles captivate you and keep your attention. The openings also introduce characters immediately. All of the sentences should intrigue you and raise questions.
This book can also be used as a guide for the rules of writing flash fiction. It may also be used to help those teaching the subject, writers, and anyone else that is interested in how flash fiction was created or how it works. This book may also be able to expand your own understanding in the subject and allow you to improve yourself.