Of course, you could be a mixture of two or more kinds of writer; but it was not until the Old Soldier realized he was mainly a flash fiction writer that he found the genre he was good at and could even become an authority on.
As a young writer, the Old Soldier struggled with the novel and the short story. I even tried to write one and two act plays. I played around with poetry. I was miserable. I was writing and sending out my work to anyone I thought might publish it and all the while working dead-end jobs that I cared little about just to keep a roof over my head and food on the table.
I was so miserable that I spent some time in a psychiatric hospital. Of course, growing up in a home where my father was a wife beater and joining the army at eighteen to get away from home and ending up in Vietnam didn’t help my mental stability either; but it was my failure to get published that I think was the thing that finally pushed me over the edge.
My inability to get published went on year after year after year until I was a middle-age man. I grimly pushed on. Then I discovered flash fiction and the world seemed to open up in front of me.
I decided to go back to college. I got a BA in writing (University of Pittsburgh, 2003). Then on the strength of 50 pages of flash fiction stories I was accepted to a graduate writing program (University of Pittsburgh, 2003). Then I was awarded a K. LeRoy Irvis Fellowship that paid for my graduate education and gave me a generous monthly stipend for three years. Finally, a local weekly print newspaper began to feature not only my flash fiction stories but my articles on writing flash fiction. And I got paid.
Now the Old Soldier is the editor/publisher of the most dynamic flash fiction publication on the internet.
So, what kind of writer are you? Writer, know thyself.
- Let Me Help You Write Flash Fiction And Get Published (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)