#006: Laura Besley, one of the top fifty British and Irish flash fiction writers, talks about writing and how to craft powerful pieces of flash fiction.
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Laura Besley (@laurabesley) is an established short fiction writer, particularly in flash fiction and micro-fiction. She has two collections of flash fiction published already (The Almost Mothers and 100neHundred) and more on the way. She has been listed as one of the top fifty British and Irish flash fiction writers by TSS Publishing and has been nominated for Best Micro-Fiction. Laura has been published in multiple literary journals including Fictive Dream, Spelk, EllipsisZine, and a number of anthologies and print magazines. She also reads for Fractured Lit and a number of writing competitions.
In this conversation, we discuss flash fiction in general, her work to date, using writing as a form of personal therapy, connecting with readers on a deeper level, what it takes to write a powerful piece of flash fiction, and her writing processes. I highly recommend you listen to it if you are interested in flash fiction.
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Access Laura’s Amazon Author Page here.
Laura’s work (0m 10s)
Writing as a means of working out how we feel about things and making sense of the world (2m 20s)
The realities of parenting and the struggle (the theme for Laura’s flash fiction collection ‘The Almost Mothers’) (5m 50s)
Getting accepted in literary journals, difficulties, approach and advice (9m 45s)
Some positive ideas about how to deal with rejections (11m 21s)
Laura is a reader at Fractured Lit and a number of writing competitions, we discuss how reading and critiquing other people’s work is a great way to learn and refine your own writing (26m 20s)
Key elements she looks for when reading submitted flash fiction pieces and common errors and mistakes (31m 0s)
Carving out time to write and how she captures ideas and writes on the go (37m 0s)
Where she writes (39m 30s)
Seeking early stage critique and feedback and how to go about it (41m 20s)
The importance of capturing and stockpiling ideas for stories (44m 0s)