I’ve been seriously studying and writing flash fiction now for more than 10 years. When I applied to the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA writing program in 2003 I submitted 50 pages of double spaced typed flash fiction stories as my writing sample. Not only was I accepted into the MFA program but the stories also helped to win me a K. LeRoy Irvis Fellowship which was a full three-year free ride with a generous monthly stipend on top of it. Flash fiction has been very good to me.
Now, as I struggle through a severe personal financial crisis, flash fiction is helping to sustain me again by reminding me of the self-discipline and perseverance each story demands.
It is this same self-discipline and perseverance that I must now impose on my personal life.