The art of Bette Davis cannot be reduced to five principles and neither can the writing of flash fiction, but these five principles will keep you headed in the right direction.
Hello, bloggers, creative writers and my Flash Fiction Fanatics. There is so much that a writer can learn about flash fiction. The Old Soldier has made the study of flash fiction a life-long project.
There is the theory of “show don’t tell” and the idea of “making the reader part of the creative process” and let’s not forget using the “particular concrete to capture the universal abstract.” Don’t get me started. I could go on and on.
Here are five useful principles to keep in mind as you explore the great art form that is flash fiction.
- A flash fiction story is made up of a significant event with closure
- There must be some narrative movement
- Each character must have an agenda
- Dialogue is the best way to bring a scene to life
- The author must get out-of-the-way as soon as possible and allow the characters to act out the story
Flash fiction is an art form whether it’s mainstream, literary, erotica or porn. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. At the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette it is treated like an art form.
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