Sinéad O’Hart

Sinead O'HartIn flash fiction I look for a sense of a larger world, whether it’s a character’s history or a hint at their rich inner life, perhaps even secrets they’re keeping from others, all conveyed through subtlety of language. I love dialogue, when it’s used well. I love humour, particularly if it’s a little bittersweet. Most of all I love characters who are rounded and real, complicated and fleshed-out, and I love to know what the stakes are: what difference will the events in the story make to the character’s life? What have they got to lose? Of course good flash needs proper resolution, but this can be interpreted widely. Show me why I should care about your characters, and how their lives will be altered once the dust of your story settles.

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