Hello, this is the Old Soldier, your friendly editor/publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. I wasn’t always a flash fiction writer. As a young man I wrote regular-length short stories. And I never got published writing regular-length short stories. It wasn’t until I was well into middle age that I discovered flash fiction. That’s when I started to get published, writing flash fiction (and getting paid) for a local print news weekly that had a circulation of over 50,000 readers. That’s over 50,000 readers every week.
But should you write flash fiction?
Some writers don’t want to condense what they want to write into a story of only several hundred words. Some writers can’t get the knack of writing in such a short format. And some writers don’t think that flash fiction is worth their time.
I know from experience that often times a flash fiction story is easier to place than a regular-length short story. A lot of editors love flash fiction because it frees up valuable space that can be used for ads.
But I think the main thing about writing flash fiction is, you have to like flash fiction. You have to want to write flash fiction. You can see the artistic possibilities of flash fiction.
The very best flash fiction is highly concentrated. Every word counts. Unnecessary words must be cut out. A lot of the story is implied. Flash fiction is an exercise in conciseness.
So, should you write flash fiction?
Only you can answer that question.
“I would have been a great writer, but the chairs in the library were too hard.” –Anonymous.
Keep reading and writing flash fiction. This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.