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Last edited: Monday, September 03, 2007
Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2007

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Blogging / Pittsburgh / Flash Fiction / Publication

Because a flash fiction story is so short, if you can write about a dramatic moment you automaticly have the reader's attention for the length of the story if the story is well written. Now, you can write about the more quiet moments in life that also make for excellent stories. I've written many stories about quiet moments; but I've found that if I write about the dramatic moments the excitement is naturally in every line and paragraph.

Compressionism: The Pittsburgh Stories begins with a piece of flash fiction about a teenage soldier and his buddies riding in a helicopter that's shot down. The story begins with the first enemy round slamming into the chopper and ends with the fiery crash. All the while the reader sees, hears and lives through the senses of the young soldier. There are a lot of quiet moments in the book but I wanted to nail down the reader's interest in the first few hundred words.

So, whenever you can, capture the action of a dramatic moment in your stories (or poems) and these dramatic moments will make your stories of quiet moments even more beautiful. 

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 11/23/2007
I think it's the ACTion, and Drama that is felt in the storyline!
I write stories too, and I feel I try to keep the reader at the edge of their seat!
You're heading in a great direction, follow that journey forward!
Warm hugs and Warmer Blessings, Warrior Lady Sheeeoox

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/3/2007
Drama, many write fiction drama without having first hand knowledge of what real drama is, then...we get a literary porridge.
Nice advice.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 9/2/2007
More experienced and good advice that, unfortunately, we can easily forget! Cheers

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