I have a fantasy flash fiction story called “Light in the Window” posted over at Writer Unboxed for their contest. Wander over if you’re interested, and vote for it if you like it.
I started this story with the intent to get all five senses into the story (hard to do with only 250 words). Research was quick: I started with a place I’d seen, which was the Officer’s Hut at Fort Ward, Alexandria, which is a Civil War museum. Most of the time when you see places where people lived in the past on TV, they’re huge (probably owing to the need for a camera and the actors to move around).
Then it was off for some quick candle research. The writing was a bit more challenging, because I have to nibble at the words to get it to stay within the 250 word requirement. I think of it as the show Chopped. Sometimes you’ll see this one chef, and he’ll finish a few minutes early. Then there’s usually a problem because he did finish too early. So I try to use as much of the 250 words as possible to make sure I get everything in!