Why on earth would you do that? How much of a story can you possibly tell in that short amount of space? Well, for anyone who has read the six-word story by Hemingway, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” you’ll know an awful lot can be said with an awful little.
Here are just a few reasons to give microfiction a try. Continue reading Thinking Big, Writing Small
This house, specifically, has called to my baser self for over a year. What does that have to do with writing? Everything. Continue reading House on the Hill
I have a Faulkner quote hanging in the top right corner of my vision as I sit at my desk, and it’s come to be something I live my life by. Continue reading If You Give a Writer a Word
There’s a reason they say write drunk, edit sober. Your inhibitions should be down while you’re writing and doubled while you’re editing.
Psh. Continue reading My Achilles Heels
Be a writer, they said. It will be easy, they said. Continue reading 13 Stages of Writing a Novel
I do not have a half-naked Greek Goddess of muse and creativity lying across my bed. Inspiration doesn’t work like that. Continue reading So Where Do the Stories Come From, I Wonder
External conflict on its own rarely stands up as being big enough, emotional enough or important enough. Yes, external factors are important in keeping a story moving, but internal factors are the driving force behind character arc and development, and our pathways to making two-dimensional, imaginary characters human. Real. Continue reading Conflict, Inside and Out