Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game!
I finally made that beer run. There’s a bar right down the street that has reasonable prices and I got a six-pack of 16 ounce beer to go. I don’t have to walk or ride into Little Italy every time I want a six-pack…
I did attend karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy last Saturday night and I had a good time even though one of the DJ’s speakers didn’t work. But as the DJ said to me, “Guy, you’re the only one who’s concerned about the speakers.” Yes, the Old Soldier can be a nuisance at times; but isn’t that what senior citizens do, make a nuisance of ourselves?
But I digress…
A Significant Event With Closure
I’ve stated many times before in the pages of this blog that the form of the flash fiction story is: the beginning, the middle and the ending. This is the classical form of the short story and it’s valid for flash fiction, too.
However, I like to put my own spin on the form to help me grasp the form better. I like to think of the form of the flash fiction story as: the setup, the buildup and the payoff (resolution).
But here is an even more simple way that I’ve come up with to think about the form of the flash fiction story.
“The flash fiction story is a significant event with closure.”–Guy Hogan
My gangbang series of flash fiction stories are a perfect example of the significant-event-with-closure form. The significant event is that each woman is doing her first gangbang video. The story is brought to closure with the woman having one or more orgasms.
This simple form allows me to write any number of gangbang stories because each woman’s background and character are different. How cool is that?
(And yes if you use the same character or characters doing the same thing or things but in a different locale in each story, the locale becomes the significant event as long as it’s the first time–or last time–the locale is used. See what I mean?)
So, I hope this post gives you a better understanding of the craft and art of the flash fiction story.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!