Hello hello hello hello hello, fans of erotic flash fiction who live all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game. What adventures in blogging will we share today?
How’s everyone doing?
The weather today in The ‘Burgh will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with the high in the 80s. Last night the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.
But I digress…
While I studied for my MFA at the University of Pittsburgh between 2003 to 2006, I took a class on the silent films of the 1920s. And after I graduated, I was still able to use my old student ID to check out tapes of silent films from the film library. I did this for several years.
Now I like to assume my favorite position (flat on my back on the sofa with two fat pillows under my weary head) and to watch silent films on YouTube on my Desk Top as I listen to Pirates baseball on the radio while I sip cold beer. Lately, I’ve been watching the silent films of Charlie Chaplin. A writer can learn a great deal about “show don’t tell” writing from silent films.
There are different degrees of show don’t tell writing. Show don’t tell writing is concrete writing. It’s the use of words to paint a picture that tells a story. It’s the use of sense details: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Charlie Chaplin became a master of using images instead of words to paint a picture that tells a story. Every writer should keep in mind that he or she should write in such a way that the reader can “see” what is going on in his or her story. It has been said that our most important sense is sight. For the writer, this means that he or she must use words to paint a picture that projects a story on the movie screen of the reader’s imagination. I’ve learned a great deal about writing flash fiction from watching the Little Tramp.
Did you know there are over 130 posts on this blog about how to write flash fiction in general and erotic flash fiction in particular? There is. Just go to Categories in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page and click on “How To Write Erotic Flash Fiction.”
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