NUNUM - Blending Flash Fiction & Art
Interview with Amanda Conner
Actually, yes. I knew I wanted to incorporate media and popular culture into this piece. Specifically, I knew I wanted to use, “The Time Has Come,” as my title because not only does RuPaul say this prior to ever lip sync, but it also applies to the inner struggle the protagonist is facing. In my flash fiction, I tend to start my pieces with off-hand humor, followed by illustrating a plausible human experience. I want my characters to be relatable and three-dimensional, which in turn allows readers to connect through uncensored emotion and genuine conflict.
Funny you incorporate media and popular culture, guess that came through very clear to our art department here seeing how they blended your story with the hyper-real work of Ling Lui & Tianyi Zhang. But beyond the visuals we added, can you talk a little bit about the dialogue throughout this piece?
What’s funny is that one of elements of craft I struggled with most during graduate school was writing natural dialogue. When writing this story, I truly felt like this was the first time I accomplished portraying internal and external dialogue that sounded real. In an age highly influenced by media and technology, I thought it made perfect sense to convey dialogue through these mediums. I also thought it would add an extra layer when developing the protagonist; a character caught between two worlds.
Well said and I'm happy you brought up graduate school. NUNUM has a focus on helping writing who are just beginning their career through our MFA dispatch program and our resources section but I wonder, what advice would you give someone who is just starting to send their work out to journals?
Don’t allow rejections to make you feel unwanted or discouraged. Always remember that your story matters. That all stories matter! Sharing our stories allows us to connect with one another through shared experiences. Keep writing and keep submitting. Your voice will eventually be heard when it is meant to be.
Blending Flash Fiction & Art