Write a flash memoir. Start from the memory of a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch. Set yourself a 500-word limit – for me this is the equivalent of two handwritten A4 pages.
Before you begin consider the following advice from True Stories Well Told.
Flash Memoir tends to be:
- Free of preambles—They start at the flashpoint—the moment when conflict ignites tangible action that drives the story forward.
- Scene-based—They frequently take place in one run of time, without jumping around.
- Observant—They tend to feature not the “I” but the “eye.”
- Insightful—Like a flashlight illuminating a dark corner, they explore something that provoked an insight.
- Specific—They stick with concrete, observable events and actions rather than abstract concepts.
- True—As a subgenre of creative nonfiction, Flash Memoir must uphold the nonfiction contract that what is reported actually happened.
More advice from The Writer Mag :
- At its most basic, a micro-memoir is written in sentences, drawn from personal experience, and strives to create a world in as few words as possible.
- A true hybrid, the micro-memoir strives to combine the extreme abbreviation of poetry, the narrative tension of fiction, and the truth-telling of creative nonfiction…
- What they’re not: fragments. Micro-memoirs aren’t slivers of a bigger creation. They’re designed to stand alone…
- Forget about the big memories, like meeting your beloved or witnessing a tragedy.
- Consider memories that you retain without understanding why.
And here are links to places where you might publish your flash memoir:
Image from page 80 of “The new art of memory, founded upon the principles taught by M. Gregor von Feinaigle: and applied to chronology, history, geography, languages, systematic tables, poetry, prose, and arithmetic.”