Thaddeus Rutkowski - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? I call my work "fiction," but it is based on my experience, so it can easily be called "nonfiction." I believe most fiction is based on the author's experience--the only question is to what degree the author disguises that experience. Is it harder to write funny or sad? I try to do both. I'm more successful at writing funny, but funny gets you only so far. The winners are serious/tragic, aren't they? Long form or short form? I can write only in the short form. This is not intentional; it's more instinctive. I begin by having a lot to say; I try to say it all; and the result is usually only a couple of pages. Poetry or prose? I write prose, but I'd like to think my pros

Damhnait Monaghan - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Is it harder to write funny or sad? For me, it’s harder to write funny, which is kind of sad. Boxers or kickboxers? Legal briefs. Cloned or frozen? No foam, extra hot. When writing is going well… I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question. Desert Island Book? Flash NonFiction Funny, of course. Bio: Damhnait Monaghan is a Canadian who now lives in the UK. Her fiction and creative non-fiction are published or forthcoming in anthologies such as Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press), Flash I Love You (Paper Swans), EllipsisZine One, Hysteria 4, and National Flash Fiction Day (2016 and 2018). She is published in print and online in places like Jellyfish Review, Understorey Magazine, Still Point

Sam Ferrigno - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Both. A good book is a good book. Who cares whether a captivating story is fiction or not? Is it harder to write funny or sad? Funny. Can't tell you how many time I've tried to be funny, and then gone back to those articles years later thinking "Why did no one tell me this was not funny?" Sadness is in the content; funny is in the delivery; a good story needs a dash of both. Long form or short form? Both. "The Accident" is an amazing piece of flash-fiction by Dave Eggers and it'll take you one minute, if that, that to finish. "The Poisonwood Bible", by Barbara Kingsolver, is a huge novel that could emotionally crush a bison, and physically crush a terrier. Both works a

Gina Barreca - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Much harder to write funny, because when you write funny, you always have to double: sad, you just have to have people understand one note, but to get people to laugh with you, they have to understand you on several different levels. Long form or short form? Short form. Poetry or prose? Both. Boxers or kickboxers? Neither. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? The Bible. Cloned or frozen? Kickboxing. Book you read and reread? The collected works of Dorothy Parker. When writing is going well… it isn’t. Desert Island Book? How To Get Off a Desert Island. Gina Barreca, author of ten books and editor of 11 ot

Becca Van Horn - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction, please. People are so much more honest when they lie. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Any time I try to write sad it comes out sounding like a Sarah McLachlan cover. Poetry or prose? Why not cake and ice cream? Boxers or kickboxers? Knickerbockers. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Speaking of cake and ice cream: James Tate's "The Cowboy." Cloned or frozen? Cloned! My dog would always have a friend. Book you read and reread? I was a Cynthia Voigt girl. I could read about Dicey Tillerman for centuries. When writing is going well… I feel like maybe this is home. Like I really can dance. Desert Island Book? Crime and Punishment, because I

Caitlin Brady - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction. No idea what I'm doing in this collection. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Harder to write funny (sadly). Long form or short form? Short or short-ish. Poetry or prose? Love 'em both. Boxers or kickboxers? Long Johns. Piece that you read and said: Wish I’d thought of that? Clickhole's "This Man Lost His Entire Memory. Can You Explain to Him What Leather Is?" Cloned or frozen? My first thought was Dippin Dots. Do you mean plans for my body after death? Please don't turn me into space ice cream. That's all I ask. Book you read and reread? Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov When writing is going well… I'm just nicer. Desert Island Book? The one I finally write and fini

Adam Farrer - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction. I’m lazy and reality writes itself, I just have to pay attention and edit it. Is it harder to write funny or sad? I find that quite often one turns into the other of its own accord. I accidentally wrote a funny story about my brother's suicide once, which wasn't my intention at all. Long form or short form? Long form. I like it when there's room to wander off on tangents. Poetry or prose? Poetry. Prose always feels like a poem that can't admit it wants to be a story. Boxers or kickboxers? I went to high school with a kickboxer named Trevor, who once fired a staple gun into our art teacher's head. So, assuming I was having to fight one of them, I'd go with t

Judy Millar - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Is it harder to write funny or sad? Erma Bombeck said humor is harder, but she also said, “He who laughs, LASTS”… and at 17 cents a laugh, I’d say buying Flash Nonfiction Funny is cheaper than buying health insurance. Fiction or Nonfiction? I focus on funny nonfiction now (life dishes out lots of laughs), but people still tell me the short stories in my book Beaver Bluff had them laughing out loud. You can’t fake a laugh. It’s all good. Long form or short form? I write short. If my editor wants it longer, I just add a few etceteras. Cloned or frozen? What kind of a question is that? Clones are people two! Boxers or kickboxers? Well, boxers are loyal, easy to groom and seldom drool. Can

Leah Williams - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Flash Nonfiction Funny in Five Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction. We humans are ridiculous. I’ll never run out of material. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Sad, absolutely. Smiling while I write is so much easier. Long form or short form? Short. My dad and I would howl over Dave Barry’s lines when I was a kid. When I joined the newspaper staff in high school, a humor column was my first gig. Poetry or prose? Prose. But I love lyric essays, which split the difference. Boxers or kickboxers? Kickboxers unless we’re talking Rocky. I’ll watch Rocky XXX. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? 90% of what my students write. Cloned or frozen? Frozen. Encountering myself would be

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