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Making micro meanings: reading and writing microfiction

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This article aims to explore the concept of microfiction as both a reader and a writer: that is to say, as a critic and a practitioner. It examines the historical roots of microfiction, such as fables and parables, and its sources in China and Japan, until its development as a genre in its own right in the twentieth century and beyond, where it is becoming more and more popular. Its generic patterns, such as its search for epiphany and use of poetic techniques in a prose form are also discussed, whilst surveying its relation to flash fiction and prose poetry. Microfiction here has been used as a blanket term for all forms of very short fiction, and all very short forms have been discussed together, taking a holistic approach rather than a divisive one. As well as critical questions, this article also looks at the creative process and ways of writing microfiction, with examples and advice.
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Keywords: flash fiction; microfiction; short fiction; very short fiction

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Portsmouth

Publication date: 01 January 2011

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  • Short Fiction in Theory and Practice is an interdisciplinary journal celebrating the current resurgence in short-story writing and research. Looking at short fiction from a practice-based perspective, it explores the poetics of short-story writing, adaptation, translation and the place of the short story in global culture.
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