Posted on December 17, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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Have you ever read a piece of prose in which nothing seemed to happen?
I first discovered the writer John O’Hara when I was a young writer, and I was convinced that many of his stories that appeared in The New Yorker from the 1920s to the 1960s were not short stories at all. I was sure they were sketches, vignettes; because nothing seemed to happen in the stories.
Hi, everyone! This is the Old Soldier.
John O’Hara (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I would go to the public library, get these big hard covered books that contained a year or so of back issues of The New Yorker and I would sit for hours and skim through the table of contents of each issue. When I found a story by John O’Hara I would read it looking for narrative movement. Because I knew that if the piece had narrative movement it was really a short story.
Well, John O’Hara was a master of the short story. And sometimes the narrative movement in his stories was so slight that at first reading I couldn’t always find it; but it was always there.
Something always did happen. Often what happened was subtle. You had to pay attention; but narrative movement was there and within the context of the story it was significant.
The New Yorker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, how much narrative movement should your flash fiction have?
It doesn’t need much. But it does have to be there. And it has to be significant.
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Posted on September 6, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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The Old Soldier loves writing dialogue. That’s why I love reading the work of Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John O’Hara and F. Scott Fitzgerald. They used dialogue so well and they used plenty of it. Here’s a list of what you can do with dialogue.
- Project the speaker’s character
- Provide useful information
- Move the story forward
- Create tension
- Reveal the theme of the story
- Reveal who embodies the theme and who does not
- Create realism
- Reveal emotion
- Give the reader a sense of intimacy with the characters
- Make your story more interesting
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
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Posted on August 11, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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Well, let’s see. My favorite writer, Hemingway, never went to college; but then two of my other favorite writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver did.
And another of my favorite writers, John O’Hara, never went to college.
So, there you have it.
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