The writing of flash fiction is a journey for the reader and you the writer, too. Here are some writing tips to make the journey more exciting for both of you.
I actually had a professor tell me that he thought I was a great writer. He was serious, too. I was stunned. The professor was a nationally known writer, his books reviewed by publications like the New York Times. His name was “Buddy” Norton.
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Buddy was friends with Chuck Kinder who was a professor of mine and also my faculty adviser at the University of Pittsburgh when I was a graduate writing student from 2003 to 2006. Chuck Kinder, on the advice of Buddy, awarded me the K. LeRoy Irvis Fellowship which paid for my MFA and gave me a generous stipend to live off while I completed the three-year writing program.
Both Buddy and Chuck Kinder hung out with Raymond Carver. Chuck is also a nationally known novelist.
You could not apply for the fellowship. You had to be chosen. I didn’t know who awarded me the fellowship until Chuck told me in his office two years after I had been admitted to the program. Chuck was also in charge of the writing program at the university.
So, I’m not sure if I’m a great writer or ever was one, but I’m pretty sure that I’m probably a good writer. My specialty is writing flash fiction. Here are a few of the things you need to do to write good flash fiction.
These writing tips will help you to write a good narrative. If you are very, very lucky you may even write a great narrative.
Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is my blog.