Hello, hello, hello all you flash fiction writers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game. How’s everyone doing?
Today in Pittsburgh it will be warm (high around 85) with a mix of clouds and sunshine.
Last night I finished reading God’s Bankers, A History Of Money And Power At The Vatican by Gerald Posner. It was 513 pages (not counting the Acknowledgements, Selected Bibliography, Notes and the Index which brought the book up to 732 pages…I just read the 513 pages). I truly believe that a blogger, an editor/publisher and a writer can learn from everything he or she reads. I not only learned a great deal about The Vatican, but I also learned how to better manage my own finances.
But I digress…
The following is a list of some of my own sayings about flash fiction. I made them up so that I might have a better understanding of flash fiction. This list may do the same thing for you.
- A flash fiction story is a significant event with closure.
- Every flash fiction story has a setup, a buildup and a payoff.
- The best flash fiction is really made up of two stories: the surface story and the under story. The surface story deals with what happens in the story. The under story is what is implied by the surface story. What is implied represents the writer’s vision of life.
- The best dialogue in a flash fiction story does four things. It characterizes the speaker. It provides the reader with necessary information. It echoes the themes of the story and it helps to effectively move the narration to resolution.
- The best flash fiction stories about sex are really not about sex at all. They are about characterization. They are about relationships.
- The best flash fiction is not only great entertainment. It is also art.
- A flash fiction writer is someone who can write short on long subjects.
- Because so much of flash fiction must be implied, the writer must never forget that the reader is 50% of the creative process.
- Flash fiction is the bridge between poetry and prose.
- The flash fiction writer endeavors to use the concrete specific to express the eternal universal.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!