How can writing flash fiction be dangerous for a writer? It could happen.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister writers! It’s the Old Soldier reporting for duty and ruminating about writing flash fiction.
Many writers of flash fiction get fixated on how short the form is. And this is understandable. It is also self-defeating; because in the hands of the right writer, the flash fiction short story is a rich, full art form.
It’s full of the joy and pain of life. It’s full of light, darkness and drama. Many writers do not have the necessary focus, patience and talent to bring out this lushness in the flash fiction story. They make three fatal mistakes.
- They don’t create fully realized characters.
- They summarize everything.
- They explain too much.
The best flash fiction writers understand that the reader is part of the creative process. And therefore the drama in the story takes place in the reader’s imagination as much as it takes place on the page or on the computer screen.
The best flash fiction stories are bursting with life.
Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is an online magazine of creative writing, culture and of sex as art and entertainment.