Posted on September 6, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
The Old Soldier has done it. Other writers have done it. You can do it, too. It may take a couple of years or so but you can do it.
If you write a series of flash fiction stories that follow one or more characters and put the stories together in a book, you just might have yourself a novel.
You have to make sure that there is over all narrative movement, that something or someone has changed. The change does not have to be a great change, but it does have to be a definite change.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
Winesburgh, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) was the first book of short stories that read like a novel that I ever read.
English: First edition title page (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How’s everyone doing?
The Old Soldier is on the sofa on his back with two pillows under his weary head as he sips on cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and he thinks about karaoke this Saturday at Nico’s Recovery Room, the #1 karaoke bar/restaurant in the city. I’ll be sure to report back to you about what happens.
This is the Old Soldier blogging in Pittsburgh.
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Posted on March 20, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
What drives a writer to write flash fiction? Why not write a poem or a play? Why not write a novel?
Why would a writer impose a limit of, oh let’s say 700 words, on the length of his or her short story? Doesn’t this word limit also limit what the writer can write about? Doesn’t this word limit prevent the writer from bringing his or her characters fully to life?
The Old Soldier has been writing fiction for over 40 years and he has been writing flash fiction for over 10 years. This is what I have found out about writing flash fiction.
The flash fiction story does not limit a writer in any way.
Writer Wordart (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)
The flash fiction story at its best exemplifies some of the most attractive elements of the poem (concise language), the play (the effective portrayal of character) and the novel (narrative movement).
Flash fiction has it all.
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Posted on February 22, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
As the editor/publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, the Old Soldier has a lot of his flash fiction on this blog and he gives a lot of tips on writing flash fiction.
I’m just going to run pass you a few things on how I write my flash fiction. If you find anything useful for writing your own flash fiction, great.
I seldom write a story that has no dialogue in it. I’ve done it, but that is not my signature if you know what I’m talking about. That’s because dialogue gives an immediacy to a story that nothing else can.
I spend very little time telling the reader what is going to happen, what kind of people the characters are and what the conflict or tension in the story is. The characters interacting with each other takes care of all of that.
And finally, I want the reader to finish the story and to sit back and to think, I bet the writer based this story on a real event.
Most of the time I do.
That’s how I write a flash fiction story.
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