Writing Deadlines

It’s funny, I participate in flash fiction contests where you have anywhere from one hour to one week to write a story and publish it, and yet having a month to write up to three stories for an anthology fills me with dread. I think its partially because with a 24 hour deadline, there’s no time […]

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October 30, 2015

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Trying not to lose the reader

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned when it comes to Miro/Flash Fiction is keeping it short without losing the story– or the audience. With flash fiction, I’ve learned that you have to limit the scope of the story and not lose yourself in the subplots and details.  I think that’s the first lesson everyone […]

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August 13, 2015

Before you use that thesaurus…

We all have a tendency to repeat words and phrases when we’re writing, especially in longer works.  One of the tricks to get around this is to write your first draft and then use the thesaurus to correct the problem.  Sometimes this solution helps– sometimes it simply changes the problem. I’m in the edit phase […]

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April 30, 2014

FlashFriday: Re-imaging a story

Today’s prompt at FlashFriday  was particularly uninspiring for me, I did have a beginning line, but I had no idea what to do with it.  This time, rather than take you through the revision process in detail, I’m going to present the two versions of the story I wrote. The prompt:   Did I pick the […]

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Poetry: Part 2 Interrelationships

As stated in the overview, emotion, rhythm and meaning are building blocks of poetry.  In Part 1 we discussed them in relationship to words, now it’s time to think about their relationship to each other. One of the best examples of this relationship is music.  Strip out the lyrics and you are left with rhythm […]

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January 18, 2014

Flash Fiction Challenge – Race the Date #1

This story was written for the first “Race the Date” a flash fiction challenge,  (a weekly flash fiction contest hosted by Cara Michaels ) The Universal Truth of Time Travel They say that time travel is difficult, if not impossible, but they have never tried to conjugate a verb into the pluperfect-past-participle, present indicative, future […]

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November 6, 2013

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