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 August 29, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Woman As Art
As the month of August draws to a close, another month of the most exciting flash fiction publication on the Internet is about to begin.
Hello, all my fans from around the world with a special hello to my fans in India.
Sometime today the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette will break through 18,000 hits for the month of August.
Here’s what I have lined up for you for September 2012. The Old Soldier will publish two new guest writers next month. There will be five stories of The Sunday Flash Fiction Story series published next month. I have dozens of photos ready for the Woman As Art series. I’ll be reporting on karaoke at the #1 karaoke bar, restaurant in the city. Add all of that to the helpful tips about blogging and the writing of flash fiction along with anything else that the Old Soldier thinks his readers will appreciate and September 2012 will be another month of creative ideas, serious writing and brazen sexuality. Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
Tiny insects call
The leaves sway against the sky
Soon summer will die
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Posted on July 11, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Page 51 of Book IX from the Florentine Codex. The text is in Nahuatl written with a Latin script. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The bad news is, there is no easy way to become a better writer. The good news is, perseverance will take you a long way.
Of course, you have to do the dirty work of acquiring the basic skills of written language: grammar, punctuation and spelling. You have to know things like when to use the words: to, too and two.
But learning the basics of written language is simply a matter of paying attention with a healthy dose of plain old memorization.
Learning how to create character, location and storyline is the difficult part. And only two things can help you here: constant reading and constant writing. That’s where perseverance comes in.
Just remember this. Writing is a journey, not a destination.
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