Posted on May 24, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
English: Andy Warhol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Once a writer understands the basic form of the flash fiction short story, he or she is ready to accept the challenges of the subtleties of the genre.
Hello, it’s the Old Soldier here ruminating about how to write flash fiction. The basic structure of flash fiction is pretty simple: the setup, the buildup and the payoff. I told you it was pretty simple. Now you’re ready for the tough part.
Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup I, 1968. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Every writer brings different levels of writing skill to the creation of the very short narrative; but if you can keep the following ten suggestions in mind, flash fiction will become more enjoyable for you and your readers.
- The set up should be as short as possible.
- Dialogue is the best tool for projecting character.
- Explain as little as possible.
- The sooner the action begins the better.
- Remember that dialogue is action, too.
- Your story should be about a significant event which means something has already happened, is happening or will happen that has not happened before.
- The exception to “Tip 6″ is when your story is an obvious “representation” of something that is significant.
- The information you leave out is just as important as the information you keep in; but the information you keep in must hint at the information you leave out.
- Clarity. Clarity. Clarity. Your reader must never wonder what’s going on.
- If your story contains explicit sex make sure the story is about the people having sex and not just about the sex.
I hope these tips help.
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- Andy Warhol
- David Letterman
- Hue Hefner
- Lady Gaga
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
A skeleton is nothing more than a frame-work. The human body may be tall or short, fat or skinny, male or female, white, black or brown.
But the human skeleton does not change. And neither does the skeleton of the short story.
A short story can be flash fiction or long, realistic or fantasy, full of metaphors or written like a newspaper report. The skeleton doesn’t change.
What is the skeleton of the flash fiction short story?
Beginning, middle and ending. The setup, the buildup and the payoff.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
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Posted on May 17, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
Sex sales. Sex can get you published. Sex can earn you a few dollars.
The Old Soldier knows what he’s talking about. Just take a look around this blog.
Writers use to submit work with lots of sex in it. And that was all that was in it. Ladies and gentlemen, a sex act is not a short story. It’s just a sex act.
And since this blog is about writing flash fiction, I would send those sex acts back to the writers with a sentence or two about why the work was not for this publication: “There is no story here.”
What did I mean by story?
What is the importance of the sex? What impact does it have on the lives of the characters having sex? What’s the background of the characters and is there some hint as to what will happen to the characters after the sex is over?
If you want to write great erotica, keep this thought in mind: The best erotica is not about sex; it’s about relationships.
This is the Old Soldier blogging near the University of Pittsburgh.
This flash fiction blog is about writing and brazen sexuality.
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