Think of the flash fiction story as a very short narrative about relationships. There are many ways for a writer to grasp what flash fiction is about. One way is to view flash fiction as a presentation of relationships at significant moments in time. The relationships can be of long duration or the relationships can be of short duration. The relationships just have to be at a time when something significant happens.
A significant event usually has to be presented within a relatively short time frame; you don’t want to stretch the time frame out too much. If the time frame is too long, the story becomes a summation of what happened instead of a presentation of what happened.
Of course, relationships can be between two people or among several people. However you set up your story, seeing flash fiction as presenting relationships is a good way to understand the dynamics of the very short story.
Welcome to the New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a blog about how to write flash fiction. Today will be another sunny, lovely autumn day in Pittsburgh with the high around 70.
Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. The Pirates still have a chance to win their division. They’ve already clinched a wildcard slot, but that means the team plays one game and the loser goes home. If the team wins, it still has to play a series to move on. So, if the team wins the division, it has to play one less game to get to the World Series.
The 0-3 Steelers play the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday. I bet the league is not too thrilled about that. The league wants to expand to Europe. A game between two 0-3 teams is not good advertising.
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This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.