(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 9 September 2014.)
Have you ever thought about writing flash fiction? I mean any kind of flash fiction: erotic, literary, mainstream, romantic, fantasy or science fiction? Don’t know where to begin? Maybe the Old Soldier can help you.
The basic thing about flash fiction is that no matter how short a flash fiction story may be, it is still a complete story. It has the form of the traditional short story which is a beginning, a middle and a resolution. I like to think of the form of the flash fiction story as the setup, the buildup and the payoff.
That’s it. That’s all there is.
Of course, knowing these two simple descriptions will not make you a flash fiction writer anymore than owning a saddle and a horse will make you an accomplished horseman or horsewoman.
You have to get on that horse and ride it. You have to spend hours in the saddle. You have to get to know that horse and the horse has to get to know you. You have to know what that horse can and cannot do.
It’s the same thing with flash fiction.
Hello hello hello, all my fans of flash fiction who live all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game.
It’s a partly sunny, warm (70s) day in The ‘Burgh today. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat Philadelphia in Philadelphia last night which means the team is still in the thick of the playoff race of Major League Baseball.
The Old Soldier is behind in his reading. I have four books that I checked out of the public library several days ago and all four books are due back on 19 September. So, I’m going to stay close to home base, do some reading and work on the PittsburghFlashFiction. That will keep me busy. There is always plenty of work to do on the magazine. I have a six-pack of beer to keep me company.
I’ve already changed the featured posts on the front page so check out the front page before you leave. I change the featured posts every day.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the PittsburghFlashFiction, a blog of commentary, local interests, pop culture and sex as art and entertainment.
A Vietnam Veteran