Posted on March 20, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
What drives a writer to write flash fiction? Why not write a poem or a play? Why not write a novel?
Why would a writer impose a limit of, oh let’s say 700 words, on the length of his or her short story? Doesn’t this word limit also limit what the writer can write about? Doesn’t this word limit prevent the writer from bringing his or her characters fully to life?
The Old Soldier has been writing fiction for over 40 years and he has been writing flash fiction for over 10 years. This is what I have found out about writing flash fiction.
The flash fiction story does not limit a writer in any way.
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The flash fiction story at its best exemplifies some of the most attractive elements of the poem (concise language), the play (the effective portrayal of character) and the novel (narrative movement).
Flash fiction has it all.
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Posted on December 18, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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Can pornography ever be considered art? Since this publication is about flash fiction, the question becomes: can a flash fiction story with explicit sex in it ever be considered art?
This is not an idle question.
It certainly is not an idle question for the Old Soldier. Nor should it be an idle question for any serious writer of fiction.
In the past, books like Moll Flanders, The Story of O, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Lolita and many other pieces of fiction were considered to be pornography. Some are still considered pornography; all are now considered to be classics in their own right.
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette has its own little collection of pornography. Just go to the sidebar on the left and click on Pornography and decide for yourself if porn can ever be considered art.
- Why Do Young Women Do Porn? (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
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Posted on December 16, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
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There are a lot of naked women in this magazine; but I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression. It would be a mistake to think that the Old Soldier’s only interest in women is their bodies. I admire women and have learned a great many things about life from women and I have learned a great deal about writing fiction from women. Three of my favorite writers are Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker and Joyce Carol Oates. As far as the Old Soldier being a sexist, don’t believe the hype.
Well, it’s around 5:00 PM, four hours before karaoke at Del’s; but I wanted to publish one last post for the day. (I still have to take a nap, do a few more breathing, stretching and vocal exercises and then shower and shave my face and head. I’m not just another karaoke singer. The Old Soldier is a performance artist in the truest sense of the term.)
I just want to state that my goal as publisher of this magazine is to make it a place of community for readers and writers who appreciate flash fiction.
The Submissions tab for flash fiction is at the top of the page.
- The PFF Gazette Is Three Years Old (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
- Writing: The PFF Gazette Will Re-Energize Your Creativity (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
- Erotic Pittsburgh (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
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