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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Posted on October 14, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Class, repeat after me: “Writing is a journey, not a destination.”
The Old Soldier is having a flash back to 2004 when he was a teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. Such fond memories. I did eventually get a chance to teach fiction writing; but during my first year as a TA I taught undergraduates composition: how to put thoughts down in clean, clear prose.
This meant that when my students handed in their papers, I had to check their spelling, punctuation, grammar and to check for clarity and unnecessary words.
And do you know what? These are the same things I have to check for as editor of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Well spank my bare bottom and call me a nudist!
That just goes to show that learning the basics of written language is always a good investment.
Submit your flash fiction for publication. The Submissions tab is at the top of the page.
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Posted on October 12, 2011 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
Cover of Writing (Super.Activ)
“Writing is a journey, not a destination.”
What a beautiful saying. I don’t know if it’s one of my original sayings or if I read it somewhere. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that the saying captures an attitude that will sustain you as you continue to create the world anew every time you use written language to show what it means to be human.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
There are now three ways to get published in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Send Poetry is of course for poetry. Submissions is for short stories and Anything Goes is for everything else.
The three tabs are at the top of the page.
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