It is no secret that the Old Soldier is an advocate of the flash fiction story. The Old Soldier discovered this art form years ago when, as a writer questioning his ability to write because no one would accept his regular-length short stories and he did not have the discipline or stamina to write a novel, he came across the stories of Raymond Carver.
In the 1980s, Raymond Carver was credited with revitalizing the American short story. Carver was not a flash fiction writer; but his short stories were so stripped down that much of the story was implied, in the subtext, took place in the mind of the reader.
This was the beginning of modern “minimalism.” The Old Soldier had an epiphany, just like a character in a short story: If a writer was good enough, that writer could write a very short story and still it would be complete because it would take place in the imagination of the reader. And the imagination of the reader is vast.
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