How can a writer of flash fiction achieve originality?
Hello, I’m the Old Soldier, the webmaster of this site. Now that the Submissions Department is open year round I’m back to reading unsolicited submissions from all over the world.
Some of the writers make the same old tired mistakes. They obviously haven’t read the guidelines or they haven’t familiarized themselves with the magazine. These writers seldom get a second chance.
Then there are the writers who are just not ready for prime time. They haven’t learned their craft yet.
Then there are the writers who follow the guidelines, who submit stories that would appeal to the readership of the magazine, but their stories don’t stand out from the crowd. After all, I can only publish two guest writers every month. So, a writer’s work has to stand out from the crowd in some kind of way. It has to have something original about it.
Now when I speak of originality, I’m not talking about anything earth shattering. I’m talking about a pinch of originality. I’ve published stories because I liked the romantic view of a relationship. I’ve published stories because the characters seemed so real or because the locale was presented in excellent concrete sense details.
I’ve published stories because of how nicely the writer handled the dialogue.
The stories stood out from the crowd.
So, to get published here, you don’t have to write anything outrageous. You just have to write well and then add a pinch of originality. That’s what I mean by “originality” in flash fiction.
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