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Flash Fiction And Connecting The Dots
I didn’t always write flash fiction. I started out as a young writer of regular-length short stories between 2,000 to 5,000 words long. None of these stories ever got published. Then I discovered flash fiction.
The first thing I liked about flash fiction was that I didn’t have to invest as much time and effort into a flash fiction story as I had to invest in a regular-length short story. I found this extremely attractive. It just seemed to be a more efficient way to produce a complete short story. And once I grasped the concept of “connecting the dots” (my term), I was hooked.
What is the concept of connecting the dots?
Much of a flash fiction story has to be implied because the story is so short. So the writer of flash fiction must provide just enough information to allow the reader to fill in what has been left out of the story, what has been implied in the story. The writer provides the dots and the reader connects the dots. In this way the reader becomes a part of the creative process.
The job of the writer of flash fiction is to make sure that he or she provides the reader with the right dots in the right order. After I started to sale my flash fiction stories on a regular basis to a local print weekly for $30.00 a pop I never looked back. I was doubly hooked on writing flash fiction.
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This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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