(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 30 December 2013.)
Do you like cookies? I like cookies. I’m addicted to Golden Oreo cookies made by Nabisco. The cookies go great with milk. The Old Soldier was going to write a post about the importance of titles for flash fiction; but the only title I could come up with was “Cookies And Umbrellas.”
A title should do two things. It should entice the reader to read the story and it should give the reader an idea of what the story might be about. The title of your story is the first thing the reader sees. That’s how important it is. The reader will either pass on your story or decide to read on just because of your title.
The best titles are organic to a flash fiction story. Now I admit that “Cookies And Umbrellas” may not be a great title, but as titles go it does have a certain degree of enticement. And since it is a title, it does indirectly tell the reader what this blog post is about.
So, yes, I do like cookies; and what about umbrellas? I always lose them.
The Old Soldier is spending the last few days of 2013 contemplating the course of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. This version of the magazine is relatively new. It went up in June of 2013.
I may have to get a new computer in 2014. And I need to back up all of the issues of the magazine. This is something I’ll discuss with my technical team, HostGator.
There are five regular contributors I can depend on for great flash fiction in 2014, but most of the submissions from new writers simply don’t fit our commitment to entertainment and art. I think a lot of potential contributors take a quick look at the magazine, they see all the naked women and then maybe they’ll scan an erotic story or two and then come to the erroneous conclusion that all they have to do is to write a story with plenty of over-the-top sex in it. They get the entertainment part, but forget about the art.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from near the University of Pittsburgh.