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Review: Flash Fiction International

By | April 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Very Short Stories from Around the World Edited by: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merril   Amazon Goodreads I'm going to make a confession. I'm addicted. I'm absolutely addicted to reading in general, but also to flash fiction in particular. Whenever I open one of the numerous sites I follow or one of the anthologies I [...]

Flash/Short Fiction Review Series

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Publishing, Reading, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In September, 2016, I took a flash fiction course with Writers.com under the tutelage of the esteemed poet and writer, Barbara Henning.  The very first story presented was Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway. At 1,463 words, it is considered a masterwork of short fiction.  I rewrote it to understand Hemingway's use of subtext and [...]

Adventures in Flash Fiction – The Writer’s Spot

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Creative, Flash Fiction, Inspiration, Writing|Tags: , , , |

Source: Adventures in Flash Fiction - The Writer's Spot

Review: On Becoming a Novelist

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Good Reads This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. "We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images." I'm not going to pretend to contextualize John Gardner's [...]

50 Romance Plot Ideas!

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Publishing, Reading, Research, Teaching, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

This post was originally titled, “Master List of Romantic Conflicts,” but it really contains big ideas for entire plots. Of course, to write an engrossing love story–whether it… Source: 50 Romance Plot Ideas!

Why American Publishing Needs Indie Presses Like Graywolf, Coffee House Press, and Dorothy – The Atlantic

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Publishing, Writing|

As books from major publishers get bigger and more expensive, smaller houses are taking risks on more creative, original works. Source: Why American Publishing Needs Indie Presses Like Graywolf, Coffee House Press, and Dorothy - The Atlantic

On the Invisibility of Middle-Aged Women | Literary Hub

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Creative, Diversity, Inspiration, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

A year ago at a literary festival in Wales, I met a woman. It was at a reception at a castle that had a beautiful park and a regal view of the Welsh landscape. I had no companion to the reception, … Source: On the Invisibility of Middle-Aged Women | Literary Hub

A writer’s guide to rejecting rejection – The Writer

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Creative, Publishing, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

Reroute rejection for a positive outcome. Source: A writer's guide to rejecting rejection - The Writer

On Why I Write

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest Post by Florence LeFevre I’ve wondered, over the years, about that simple question. Why do I write?   I’m an average person, with an average life, nothing out of the ordinary. Just plain me, with my family, friends, and addictions to TV Shows and salted caramel.   But still, I write.   The cliché is [...]

FLEXIBILITY: Learning to Plot When You’re a Pantser

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today guest Buccaneer and YA Author Tanaz Bhathena shares a story about the importance of trying new ideas and adapting your writing habits. Source: FLEXIBILITY: Learning to Plot When You're a Pantser

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