The Old Soldier likes to listen to old-time radio late at night. There is a program on the radio in Pittsburgh called “When Radio Was”. It plays comedies, dramas, science fiction and detective shows from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. I like the detective shows.
I lay on the sofa, with two fat pillows under my weary head, in the dark and listen. I have no problems imagining my favorite insurance detective, “Johnny Dollar”, solve his cases. It’s all done with sound effects (concrete sense details) and the spoken word (dialogue), the same tools we writers use.
We flash fiction writers must do the same thing with the written word that these old radio shows did with the spoken word. So, when you write your flash fiction always keep in mine that the reader is part of the creative process, too.
Our job as writers of flash fiction is to put the right dots (words) in the right order. If we can put the right dots in the right order, the reader will do the rest.
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