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What You Can Expect

What You Can Expect

An Invitation and a Caveat After reading this (and please feel free to comment) if this kind of stuff isn’t your cup of tea, let’s part company as friends. If, however, this strikes a chord, stay awhile and let’s see what develops. When I was ten I wanted to be an archaeologist. I’m not sure if it was the idea of climbing through ancient ruins or the thought of making a world-shaking discovery that became my carrot; whichever it was,…

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How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

Do I love photography more than writing? A question that will never be answered. I’m as much a photographer as a writer, although – alas – my photos haven’t supported me financially in the same way as words. But they do support me in planting the creative bug (seed, sparkler, energy) that I need to keep my writing chops alive and well. Take this photo for example. After breakfasting with my sis at a local diner, we walked across the…

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First Drafts Suck. So do Seconds.

First Drafts Suck. So do Seconds.

I’m on a kick to write. Every day.  I’m trying to sort out the true difference between flash fiction and flash creative non-fiction as both can hold elements of truth – – as we know it. Right now I’m working on what is probably called a short story. But I’m not sure. I don’t know where it’s going but I do know where it starts. What are you working on today?

The Outlier Formats of Creative Non-Fiction

The Outlier Formats of Creative Non-Fiction

What Are CNF Outlier Formats? I recently had the opportunity to take a six week course, learning about (and practicing) four outlier formats in the field of Creative NonFiction (CNF). The course is taught by author Nicole Breit, whose works have been published in Hippocampus and other CNF Magazines. The four outlier formats (so-called because they fall outside the norm) are: Flash Non-Fiction, Prose Poem Lyric Essay Hermit Crab Essay I found the course challenging, in a good way, and…

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Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

  Since I read this quote I’ve been thinking about whether I write my first line first or after the last? Honestly, I think I always go back and make the first line better; but before I can do that I have to know the ending.