Posted on March 26, 2013 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
You may have read in the pages of this blog that good dialogue is the best tool a writer has for creating character. I believe this is true for three main reasons.
- The character gets to speak in his or her own voice
- Good dialogue moves the story efficiently toward resolution
- Dialogue is action
When a character speaks in his or her own voice, the reader actually “hears” the character. And just like in real life, whether we like to admit it or not, judgements are made about people on what they say and how they say it. Most of the time, dialogue should stand on its own. Don’t tell the reader how a character says something. He said or she said or no qualifier at all is usually, I say usually, enough.
Good dialogue moves the story efficiently toward resolution by providing the reader with “necessary” information on what is going on and on the “agenda” of the speaker.
Dialogue of the deaf (Photo credit: Pensive glance)
Dialogue is action plain and simply. And it breaks up the description and exposition.
The Old Soldier hopes these tips on how to write flash fiction will help.
This is a blog of serious writing and brazen sexuality.
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Posted on September 15, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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Do you pay enough attention to your stats? Your stats tell you your most popular items over a short period of time and over a long period of time. No surprise there. The amount of time that you have for blogging may determine what sort of content that you put on your blog. If you don’t have much time for blogging, you probably want to produce content with a long shelf life. If you have lots of time to blog, you can produce content that has only a short shelf life or you can mix up long-shelf-life items with items with a short shelf life.
The Old Soldier has lots of time to blog. So, on the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette you will find news items that stop being news in a couple of days and items that will have useful information or contain entertainment value that last a long time.
If you are a writer, send me something. The Anything Goes tab at the top of the page is for non-fiction and the Submissions tab is for short stories.
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Posted on September 7, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
This is my fourth post today. It’s around noon. Time for my walk. Another gloomy day, but I want to get away from blogging for a while and stretch my legs.
I spent a good part of the morning on the phone getting more information about Medicare and about Veterans Benefits. Both Medicare and the VA have automated phone answering machines. I spent a lot of time getting nowhere. But I did get some more useful information. You just have to be persistent.
It’s just like being a writer. In order to get anywhere you have to be persistent.
Keep reading and writing that flash fiction. Now for my walk.
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