Archive | October 2012

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Five Sentence Fiction — Potions

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 Potions. Here is my offering: Eric had his own way of […]

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Here’s the Wind-Up and the Pitch: Perfecting the Opening Paragraph

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh. I’m sorry. Have you heard that one before? The opening sentence and lead paragraph in a story or novel is, as they say, your only chance to make a first impression.  Like the cover of your book, that first paragraph might be the difference between a polite […]

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When Today Becomes Yesterday: Letting Contemporary Settings Show Their Age

I’m a little torn.  I write contemporary fiction with contemporary settings. I listen to the people around me and collect contemporary expressions, I make note of current culture, I am familiar with popular brands, stores and locations.  I like to use all of that to make my stories feel authentic and to firmly root them […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Flawed

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 Flawed. Here is my offering: Everything was perfect.  A personal chef […]

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A Change of Scenery: Transitions in Writing

Life is one long uninterrupted scene that we star in, each second bumping up against the next, all of them trailing off behind us, forever unretrievable.  We move from place to place and interact with different people but the camera is always there, incessantly recording every movement, utterance, blink and heartbeat from first to last […]

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Building Character(s)

Around every New Year’s Day, The Washington Post publishes “The List” of what is in and what is out (Hyperbole is out, Pragmatism is in).  There is also a common planing tool called a SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. You create a matrix of four quadrants and list aspects that […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Detour

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 Detour. Here is my offering: She felt rag doll limp as […]

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