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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Flash! Friday # 38

Flash! Friday # 38. The new prompt is up and the clock is ticking.  This is a great challenge to write, and a lot of fun to read. Come out and join us!

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August 23, 2013

Friday’s Flash

Another weekend and another FlashFriday in the books. After having word goals with little to no leeway, we were given the word limit of 100-200 words. After cutting and scrimping for weeks, it felt good to write something that had more wiggle room.  And the interesting thing is, after 9 weeks of writing to low […]

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August 4, 2013