I don’t know about you, but I like mixing short projects with long projects, (and, yes, medium-length projects, too). While I’m making progress on two novels, I’ve also taken a renewed interest in flash fiction and flash essays. These short bursts of story or essay are usually defined as being less than 1,000 words. They’re quick, relatively straightforward pieces that can be done in a week or less—from draft and craft, to polish and submit.
There’s a temptation I’ve noticed in some inexperienced writers to churn these out because they’re easy. And, relatively speaking, they are easy. But you can’t churn out good work. A short-short or flash piece takes a lot less time and is a lot less complicated than a novel, a novella, or even a full-blown short story of 5,000 words. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t a full-blown story of 1,000 words or that you can neglect story elements in favor of spitting out product. Product you can spit out may be published (there are sites that will publish just about anything), but it won’t be purchased. Quality short-shorts may take less time, but they take just as much care because you still have to put each word to work. After all, you only have 1,000 to work with.