writing

I Am I Said…

I read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games over the summer and I knew with all certainty, before I finished the first sentence, that Katniss, the story’s protagonist, [spoiler alert!] would still be standing by the time I reached the last page. While I know it was a popular read, I was not a huge fan of […]

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Finding the “Zone”

The other week I posted a list of some of literature’s opening sentences as writing prompts.  Sometimes getting the first sentence down is all it takes and from there it’s “all off to the races.” I love when that happens. It is one of the joys of writing. Fellow reader, writer and blogger, Pam Williamson, […]

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Beta Readers: Getting a Second Opinion

We can easily spot talent in others, but accepting our own is a much steeper climb. Some have an overinflated self image, while others seem much too timid to accept that they have plenty to be proud of.  The act of writing is a largely solitary craft. A book can take a year or more […]

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Prom(pt) Date: 20 Tried and True Bits of Inspiration

I’ve been posting flash fiction and short stories of my own, I’ve provided lists of suggested books by others and touched upon the ideas and visions of even more talented people. I’ve written about the foibles and folly of grammar and words, and I’ve given you tips and ideas on how to use those words. […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Feast

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Feast. Here is my offering: The meal was a memory, […]

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A Thanksgiving Treat

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  I offer this appropriately themed short story as a little gift on a holiday whose centerpiece is often the food. I hope that you find it to be a tasty bit of prose. Grace Under Pressure by Andy Black The best explanation was that the grace had been too […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Business

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Business. Here is my offering: The company costume party was […]

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