Let us discuss the beauty of the flash fiction short story. The flash fiction short story is a drama, a very short narrative that takes the reader on a journey. And “journey” is the operative word here. For there most be narrative movement, no matter how slight it might be, for there to be a journey. Something must happen.
This is the difference between flash fiction and a sketch or a vignette. In the sketch or vignette nothing happens. In flash fiction something important happens or has just happened or is going to happen even if the happening is not a big event. It’s still an event. It is a “significant” event.
Part of the beauty of flash fiction is in how smoothly all its elements come together in a narrative that is greater than the few hundred words that are on the page or computer screen.
The story, no matter how short, must still have a beginning, middle and an ending. A skillful writer, if he or she wishes to, can imply the beginning or the ending as long as the middle is there. For there is no story without the middle.
Within the tight boundaries of the genre, the flash fiction story has great flexibility. And it can attack any subject matter.
But flash fiction’s true beauty is in its self-contained completeness. The entirety of human endeavor, the pain and joy of life, can be captured within the small confines of the flash fiction short story.
The writer just does it a few hundred words at a time.
Hello hello hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! The Old Soldier paid a visit to Armand’s on Liberty Avenue in Little Italy yesterday. It felt good to sit on a stool at the bar and to sip a few draft beers and to gossip with the bartender. How else am I going to find out the news? I have a magazine to put out.
The Old Soldier is back on his beat. And tomorrow night it’s karaoke at Nico’s.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, the premiere online publication of erotica for men and women who enjoy art, creative writing, culture and explicit sex all in the pages of the same magazine.
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