I see several people suggesting to new writers that they start with flash fiction and work their way up to higher word counts as the improve. I can’t wrap my head around that. I can manage a short story, but flash fiction is really hard for me. I’ve tried to write it, and I struggle with the word count. I’ll finish a piece and discover that work is over three thousand words. It took me several months to get it under a thousand.
I have only improved because my editing is getting better. I can’t imagine following the advice to start with flash fiction before moving up to larger word counts. When I started writing, I was convinced that every single letter was pure gold. I couldn’t bear to edit out more than a few words. I was unable to get a piece below three thousand words when I started. It hurt too much. I would have quit writing if I had to work at editing that hard right at the start. I think writing an entire novel is easier than writing a few flash pieces. In a novel, you can just go crazy.
Still, I’ve see this advice given out on just about every writing forum I’ve participated in. Am I a freak? Do most people really find it easier to write flash before moving up the word count chain. What’s your opinion? I’d really like to know.