Your Journey As A Flash Fiction Writer
Every journey, no matter how long it is, begins with one step. If you’ve always wanted to be a published writer of short stories, but things never seemed to work out for you, today is your lucky day. Why is today your lucky day? Because I can help you take that first step toward being a successful flash fiction writer.
Hello, my name is Guy Hogan and this is my blog. I’ve been a flash fiction writer for more than 15 years. Over that period of time, flash fiction supplemented my income and won me a fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh which not only paid for three years of graduate school, but the fellowship also paid me a stipend of $1,000 a month for three years so that I did not have to worry about supporting myself while I worked on my MFA. Now I’m retired and I blog full-time about, you got it, flash fiction.
Flash fiction has been good to me and it can be good to you, too. You simply have to believe in yourself and invest in your writing talent. It doesn’t matter what your level of writing is. Anyone who can write a coherent email can be a successful writer of flash fiction.
How Much Success Can I Expect As A Flash Fiction Writer?
Of course, when I started out as a young writer, before I became a flash fiction writer, I wanted to make a living as a writer of regular-length short stories and be famous. I worked obsessively at my craft for years and all I had to show for years of effort was a pile of rejection notices. But I kept writing, desperately. My family and friends must have thought I was crazy, especial since I was living hand to month not too concerned with getting a real job. Looking back on that time of my life, maybe I was crazy. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?
Well, luckily for me I discovered flash fiction. It was the change I needed. Soon a local print news weekly that covered local culture began to publish my flash fiction, paying me $30.00 for each story. I was hooked.
Then on the strength of a 50-page submission (I was an undergraduate student in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002) of flash fiction stories I was accepted to the MFA program of the University of Pittsburgh and was notified that I had been awarded a fellowship that I had never applied for.
This experience taught me a very important lesson about success as a writer. There a different levels of success. And now I’m a full-time blogger, blogging about flash fiction.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Be A Successful Flash Fiction Writer?
Young people are usually accused of being in a hurry for success. And I don’t blame them. Life is short. When I was a young writer I was in a hurry for success, too. Now I’ an old writer. And guess what? I’m still in a hurry.
But success is a funny thing. It happens when it happens. The important thing to remember is that success will never happen unless you keep writing. Writing is a journey, not a destination.
So, I can’t tell you how long it will take for you to become a successful flash fiction writer. That’s up to you. I do know that you will never have success as a flash fiction writer if you don’t take that first step. Right now is as good a time as any to take your first step.
Why Should I Why Flash Fiction?
I decided to become a flash fiction writer because I didn’t want to invest one or two or more years writing a novel only to find out that no one wanted to publish it. And even a regular-length short story could take weeks to write, only to be rejected by everybody. But you can write a publishable flash fiction story in a few days. And I’m not talking about constantly writing over several days. I’m talking about working on the story when you have the time.
Writing flash fiction just takes a lot less time.
Will I Ever Make A Living Writing Flash Fiction?
No. You will never make a living writing flash fiction. But you can definitely supplement your income writing flash fiction. You will find flash fiction easier to place than a regular-length short story and you can create an audience for other things that you write. You can even collect your flash fiction into books and make money off of the stories for a second time. Writing is very much a business. And flash fiction can definitely open doors for you. Because of flash fiction I won a fellowship that today would be valued around $80,000-$90.000. Now I have my own business, this magazine. It supplements my social security and two pensions.
And who’s to say that you can’t do even better. You may be able to come up with ways to make money from flash fiction that never crossed my mind.
So Where Do I Begin?
Are you ready to begin your journey today? If the answer is yes, welcome to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. This magazine (blog) is a great resource for a flash fiction writer, especially an erotic flash fiction writer. Although what you can learn about flash fiction on this blog applies to any kind of flash fiction.
There are dozens of examples of publishable flash fiction on this blog. There are over 100 posts on how to write flash fiction on this blog. And I’ve written a book especially for readers and writers of flash fiction that can be ordered from this blog. I strongly encourage you to purchase the book. Read it for entertainment. Read it as a writer. Use it for a textbook. And use it for inspiration. The book is in three formats: ebook, kindle and print. Just click on the links EBOOK(LOOK INSIDE) or A BOOK FOR WRITERS in the header.
Take your first step today and good luck. I’m rooting for you.
Hail to Pitt!