Its very nature means that every word counts. Unlike short stories and novels, where you have room to explore things like characterisation, setting and plot etc, flash fiction affords no such luxuries. This means being economical with words and sentences, yet bringing forth the right exposition, narrative and description. It also means, to a certain degree, that it must have a rudimentary beginning, middle and end.
Like short stories, flash fiction should observe the Greek Unities:
- Flash fiction covers the bare minimum time frame.
- It should take place in one location only.
- The action should remain from POV, two at most.