One of the reasons I became a flash fiction writer was because it doesn’t take long to write a flash fiction story. This can be a huge selling point if you’re a writer who doesn’t have much time for writing.
I’m retired now and I have a lot more free time on my hands than I did when I started writing flash fiction. When I started writing flash fiction I was a 50-something year old undergrad in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and I worked as a grille man in a fast food restaurant down town. My classes and homework and my job did not leave me much time for my own writing. So, I wrote flash fiction.
If you have a busy life or if you just don’t want to invest a lot of time in writing short stories, but you still want to be a writer maybe flash fiction is for you.
Here’s what you do.
First you need to realize that the basic form of the flash fiction story is: the setup, the buildup and the payoff. That’s it. That’s all there is. All flash fiction stories follow this basic form whether they are literary, mainstream, sci-fi, erotic or romance flash fiction stories.
Then make use of a simple outline. Once you come up with an idea that fits the form of flash fiction you just outline your idea. You can start out slow. Get as much work done on the outline as you have time for. Come back to the outline whenever you have time. Once you have the outline filled out to your satisfaction you’re ready for your first draft. Do as many drafts as you want until your story is complete. This may sound like a lot of work, but the total amount of time that you spend writing your story may add up to only a few hours OVER A ONE MONTH PERIOD OF TIME.
After one month you’ll have a flash fiction story that did not drag you away from your busy life or that you did not have to invest a lot of time in to create.
This post is just meant to get you to think about your own career as a flash fiction writer.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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