Inspiration, writing and flash fiction all go together; but if a writer waited for inspiration before doing any writing, very little writing would probably get done.
Fortunately, we writers usually find inspiration in all sorts of things. So, inspiration isn’t the problem. I think the deciding factor in writing flash fiction is how comfortable the writer is with the form of the flash fiction story. Does the writer have just a nodding acquaintance with the form? Or does the writer have knowledge of the form that goes down deep into the writer’s creative DNA?
Inspiration for writing flash fiction is easier to come by when your knowledge of the form is as deep as the flash fiction story is short.
The Value Of Failure
Hello, all my brother and sister bloggers, poets, readers and writers from all over the world! The Old Soldier just came back from a food shopping expedition in Little Italy. I’m now attending to my “studies” which is what I call the books that I check out of the public library.
One of the books I’m reading is Ninja Innovation, The Ten Killer Strategies Of The World’s Most Successful Businesses by Gary Shapiro. This is what Mr. Shapiro writes on page 54:
Each of us has an ego and a reputation. We put these at risk every time we try something new…Public failure is scary. But part of being a ninja is understanding that with mistakes come experience, so that even in failure, we gain.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh. Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction. New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a blog of stories and sexuality.