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Steal a Line . . . Then Write

Steal a Line . . . Then Write

In the spring I took a short story writing course from Cornelia Feye, author of Spring of Tears and House of the Fox. As a non-fiction author, these types of classes scare the heck out of me – but as it turned out I managed to write a fairly decent short story. What you’ll read below isn’t the short story, but a few paragraphs from an exercise we did in class. The first line is from a published work and the…

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A Writer’s Challenge – Haiku, Photograph, Journal or ?

A Writer’s Challenge – Haiku, Photograph, Journal or ?

I read a fascinating article a few days ago about a writer who committed to writing a haiku every day for a year. Being one who enjoys a challenge I decided to create one for myself – and hopefully you’ll join me. This is my challenge to me: Do something creative every day for 30 days. For me it might be a haiku, a photograph, a poem, a list of books I want to write, a drawing (probably stick figures!), a beautiful quote,…

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[Challenge] One More Visit to Emily Dickinson

[Challenge] One More Visit to Emily Dickinson

The first stanza of one of Emily Dickinson’s poems reads: The sky is low, the clouds are mean, A travelling flake of snow Across a barn or through a rut Debates if it will go. Your challenge is to use the first two lines of Emily’s work but replace the last two with your own. Good luck!  Leave your poem below or over on my Facebook page. Photo Credit: madisonashley via Compfight cc

[Challenge] 140 Character Story

[Challenge] 140 Character Story

Following the lead from the Creative Nonfiction magazine, create a story in a single tweet of 140 characters. Enter your story in the comments section or over on my Facebook page. To give you a little inspiration, here are a couple of submissions from the Creative Nonfiction magazine contest. (Contestants had to use the #cnftweet hashtag). A splatter of red wine mingles on the paper towel with the darker red of her blood. She says not to worry but the…

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