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solacewe let the quiet
settle in refreshing pools
we might bathe in them
the solace embraces
as we sink into stillness
between such old friends
full of memory
such a comfort
A seductive idea,
that we have shared this moment's
we have, haven't we
one illusion presents another
the void is unchanging, still
as it's always been
to a pine needle
a rain drop
clinging//pine needle/of/tip/to//rain drop
tuna sandwichesas I make lunch
the cat nudges me
bury me please where poppies bloom
stirring up a hornet's nest
some things can't be helped
the cat nudges me
as I make lunch
the black cat chases
the heat takes its toll
with a vengeance
we are met at the door
by frowning cats
3 am text
at pole's end
bean plants reach
at deer park
the smell of manure
under Buddha's smile
the oldest wooden structure
two butterflies spar
the cause discovered
from the roadside fence
among the graves
from the muck
looking at only leaves
she sees beans and squash
obviously the neighbor
has been out with her dogs
Tips For Writing Flash Fictionby Stephen R. Smith with excerpts by Kathy Kachelries
In order to improve as a writer, you need feedback. It's difficult to write something the size of a novel, and equally difficult to carve out the time required to read one and provide any sort of meaningful critique on it. This severely handicaps the feedback loop so important for the aspiring writer.
Flash Fiction on the other hand allows you to exercise all of your story writing and editing skills while creating works that can be read in a few minutes. This makes it ideal for examining ideas, developing writing skills and getting the feedback needed to help elevate you in your craft. Note that while Flash Fiction stories can be read in a few minutes, you shouldn't expect to write them that quickly.
Kathy Kachelries, founder of 365tomorrows, had this to say about Flash Fiction:
"The most concise and widely-cited example of flash fiction is the story Ernest Hemingway penned, allegedly to settle a bar bet: For sale: baby shoes.
The Purpose-Driven Plot
The Purpose-Driven Plot
This set of articles is intended as a guide to folks who are having trouble plotting out longer works, such as novellas, novels, and sets of novels. To do this, I have broken down the material into smaller sections for ease of use. We will begin with an overview of the four main types of plot, followed by a section on drawing up outlines, a note on subplots, a formal analysis in reverse, and then a collection of exercises that will incorporate the information presented here. It may sound dry, but please bear with me! I will try to make it as fun and informational as possible.
You know me; I love definitions because they allow us to establish a language game that we can play with. Er, I mean, they allow us to start on the same page. Merriam-Webster Online says:
1. a: small area of planted ground <a vegetable plot> b: small piece of land in a cemetery c: measured piece of land : lot
2. ground plan, plat
3. the plan or main story (
The Purpose-Driven Plot Pt. 3
Part III - Just Around the River Bend: Subplots
I feel it there, beyond those trees,
or right behind these waterfalls;
can I ignore that sound of distant drumming?
---from Disney's Pocahontas, "Just Around the Riverbend"
Subplots provide the basis for the meat of a story. They can be as small or as grand and complex as the situation may require; there can be as many or as few as you see fit to include.
There are generally two basic kinds of subplot: major and minor. The major subplot is one that may stretch over a longer section of your work and involve many important events or ideas. The minor subplot is usually smaller, and usually of less importance in the grand scheme of things. Both of these kinds of subplots fill in the space between the beginning and ending, and both are a means to move your characters or trigger events throughout your story.
A subplot can begin with almost any detail of your character, your world, or your concept. It often begins with a que
On Detailing Characters
"Your need to tell me absolutely everything, as if every tiny detail were just so integral to the plot, was supremely annoying." You can always tell when an author has gone through many drafts, and when an author has gone through just a few. There are many details that work their way into writing that don't necessarily have to be there. Some of these unnecessary details may offer seasoning to the story---mood, tone, or serve to draw attention to something specific; just be careful, as too much seasoning can ruin the flavor of your soup. You don't want it too bland, but you don't want it too salty, either. This is what makes being a writer nicer than being a cook; you can add more detail or edit superfluous detail out without destroying the piece, whereas a soup might be ruined with too much fiddling. By trial and error, you can find a good balance and I encourage you to experiment this way. To play on one of Gandalf's quotes: "A good author is neither too detailed nor too sparse, but p
Eastern Poetry FormsThe Haiku Club: Eastern Poetry Forms
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Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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