Writing flash fiction won’t hurt you even if you want to be a novelist. And this is why.
Any writer can eat an elephant if the elephant is cut up into small enough pieces.
Ha ha ha ha. I can just see the expressions on your faces. No, the Old Soldier hasn’t finally flipped out. I’m just rappin’ about writin’ flash fiction. Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game.
So, what’s all this nonsense about eating an elephant? Well, an elephant is pretty big. All right, all right, an adult elephant is pretty big (there’s always one heckler in the crowd) but you or I could eat one if we used the divide and conquer strategy.
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I am getting to the point. I’ve been at this long enough to know what I’m doing. Listen, buddy, why don’t you just sit down and let me finish…Thank you.
Many years ago, when I was trying to learn how to write fiction I wanted to be a short story writer like my hero Hemingway. Then maybe once I had made lots of money and had an international reputation, I could take off a few years and write a great novel.
Ah, I won’t bore you with the details of what happened.
Just let me say what a shock it was when I found out I didn’t have the staying power or the focus to write even a regular length short story let alone a novel.
My talent was for writing flash fiction. And guess what? I took all those flash fiction stories and put them in My Ebook for Serious Writers that reads just like a novel.
Don’t let that elephant intimidate you. Just cut it into small pieces and don’t eat with your fingers.