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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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[Flash NonFiction] The Great Archer Wept

[Flash NonFiction] The Great Archer Wept

The last time I saw the Milky Way throwing garlands across the night sky was on a moonless night in western Nebraska. Bands of darkness ran river-like through the streaming starlight, the interstellar dust playing hide-n-seek with the stars beyond. The brightest area seen from my Earth-bound perch was in the direction of Sagittarius, the Great Archer, who moved relentlessly across the southern sky. Standing there, I was reminded of another great archer who once rode under this sky. Given…

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Bent’s Old Fort – an Exercise in Chatting About Something Fun

Bent’s Old Fort – an Exercise in Chatting About Something Fun

I read an article today about 40 blog post ideas for writers. You’d think, as writers, that our brains could create dozens of blog ideas, but yes, we do get stuck. That’s why I picked #1 on the idea list – writing about a vacation. I choose a trip along the Santa Fe Trail to Bent’s Old Fort in Colorado. You see,  Bent’s was a famous landmark on the Santa Fe Trail, visited by just about everyone who traveled the area…

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Visiting Mission San Luis Rey – a Possible Writing Project

Visiting Mission San Luis Rey – a Possible Writing Project

I’m thinking about doing a series of articles or possibly a book on the California Missions. Although Mission San Luis Rey (King of the Missions) is only 45 minutes from where I live, I’ve never visited. Took a few hours on Sunday to stroll through the historic grounds and the original mission church.

Join Me in Mind-Mapping Your Next Flash Non-Fiction (or Fiction)

Join Me in Mind-Mapping Your Next Flash Non-Fiction (or Fiction)

Yesterday I wrote about  creating a mind-map in preparation for a flash non-fiction piece. Today I’m inviting you to do the same. (If you write fiction, please join in!) If you’ve never done mind-mapping, I’ve included links below to a few quick guides.  I have mind-mapping software (Simple Mind) but I prefer using pen and paper. My technique is a simple one: I begin with a central idea, which I circle, and then (like spokes on a wheel) begin free…

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