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Flash Fiction

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2019 12:20AM EDT
Flash Fiction is a short story (up to 500 words long), that challenges the writer to work within a word limitation.

You can start a Flash Fiction story by choosing 'Flash Fiction' from the 'write' menu at the top of the screen.

Clicking on the lightning bolt in the centre of a picture starts a new draft Flash Fiction story using that specific piece of artwork as the cover image. Cover images for Flash Fiction stories cannot be changed.

Clicking on the '...' button just below a picture shows you the artwork of that artist.

You can use the search bubble to search for a single word, and artists that have artwork linked to your search word will appear. You can then choose from one of those images, click on the lighting bolt, and begin your Flash Fiction story.

Change the story's font by clicking on the 'change font' button in the upper right corner, and selecting from the drop down menu. Only one font can be used per story.

You can add bold and italic text by highlighting a section of text and clicking on the B button (for bold text) or I button (for italics) at the top of the screen.

You can change the placement of your text, paragraph by paragraph. Place your cursor into a paragraph and then select flush left, centred, or flush right from the buttons at the top of the screen.

A word counter in the upper right keeps track of the length of your story. Since Flash Fiction stories are limited to 500 words you will be reminded when you reach your word limit by not displaying any additional words that are typed.

Preview how your story will look on the Storybird site by clicking 'preview' in the upper left.

Clicking on the 'save' button will save your progress (you'll need to title your story in order to save).

The 'save & exit' button will allow you to leave storymaker and save your progress. It will also give you the choice to publish your story or keep it as a draft.

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