Hello, my brother and sister readers and writers of flash fiction. This is the Old Soldier with another edition of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Well, I’m happy to announce that as of this month the magazine is on a firm financial basis; which means I can publish at least two guest writers every month beginning with this month, December 2013. The magazine is a paying market and the Old Soldier’s goal is to run the magazine like a business. Why? Because it is a business just like any other business. So, for the magazine to be a successful business, I always have to keep my eye on the bottom line. But enough talk about business.
Let’s talk about art.
Why do I say that being a writer of flash fiction can bring a lot of joy and pain to a writer? Well, there is plenty of joy in the sense of accomplishment that you feel when you’ve created a good piece of flash fiction. Flash fiction is a difficult genre. Some writers never master the need to say more with less. They can’t master the nack of “capturing a moment” in time. They find it difficult to “write short on long subjects.”
They try to tell stories that are simply too long for the format, often times ending up with essays instead of short stories. This is totally understandable. It’s just not good flash fiction.
What about the pain of writing flash fiction? Like any other art form, sometimes you have to go through hell to learn how to do it well.
This is the joy and pain of writing flash fiction.
And this is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh. Take a moment to follow the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette or to sign up for your free email subscription today.