Are you a new writer? Are you trying to figure out what genre you want to focus on? Maybe you want to write, but you don’t want to invest all the time it would take to write a novel or even a regular-length short story when there’s a good chance both will be rejected.
Well, why don’t you consider writing flash fiction? I’ve been writing flash fiction for about 15 years now. Here are some frequently asked questions, and the answers, about writing flash fiction.
- Is there a market for flash fiction? Yes there is.
- Can I make a living from writing flash fiction? Probably not; but with diligence you can supplement your income by writing flash fiction.
- How do I get started writing flash fiction? The first thing you should do is to read flash fiction. The more flash fiction you read before trying to write it the better. And reading articles on how to write flash fiction will be very useful, too.
- Once I start writing flash fiction, how do I find markets for my flash fiction? This is an easy question. The Internet is the flash fiction writer’s best friend.
- Can flash fiction really help my career as a writer? Most definitely. Let me use myself as an example. I’ve made some money writing flash fiction and now I have my own magazine, the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, that is built around my flash fiction; but the most important thing that flash fiction has done for me is that it got me into the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and it won me a fellowship that paid for everything. And when I say everything I mean everything: tuition, books, fees and a monthly $1,000 stipend for three years. I got my MFA in fiction writing in 2006.
So, can flash fiction further your career as a writer? You bet it can!
Hail to Pitt!