Richard Skinner, is a poet, author and head of the Faber Academy's fiction programme. Amanda Saint had a chance to sopeak with him, and here's what Richard had to say about flash fiction:
Flash fiction seems to have really taken off in the past couple of years, why do you think this very short story form has become so popular with both readers and writers?
Inevitably, I think the rise of flash fiction has to do largely with the rise of social media. As technology develops, so we have less time than we did to devote to reading, in isolation, long pieces of fiction. Flash fiction appeals to the younger generation of writers because the form suits the way their minds and reading practises have been shaped by new forms of communication. A well-structured and written tweet can be very pleasing in itself, for what it is—like an aphorism or a haiku. It is a new genre of writing.