Write a tiny story with Nancy Hendrickson

Tiny Stories – #challenge86

Creative Non-Fiction is one of my favorite magazines. In each issue there’s a selection of “tiny truths”; stories written in 140 characters or less. In honor of CNF, today’s writing challenge is this: Write a story about your childhood in 140 characters or less. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #challenge86. I’ll post them here. (I’m @nhendricksonauthor on… Read more →

Do you think writers can live twice?

Writers Live Twice

  Doesn’t matter if you write fiction or non-fiction. As a writer you have the ability to live twice; once as “you”, once as anything or anyone you can imagine. As you prepare for the following days and weeks, what “others” will you create? Read more →

What short story does this photo make you want to write?

How to find a whopper of a story

Want an idea for a great story?  Read on . . . I’m an avid iphoneographer and I love driving around town taking shots. This one was taken with the iPhone 6S and the Hipstamatic app. (Sergio Lens, Maximus LXIX film). It’s a picture of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of the California missions. Looking at the picture,… Read more →

Nancy Hendrickson is not a poet but would love to be

Yes, I’m still on about the poetry class

Don’t ask me why. I’m not even a poet. But I really wanted to learn more about how to write more beautifully. So, in child-like stomping-ness, I found the format called a cinquain. Read about it here. My attempt: Drums beat floating on air Catch my heart’s reverie mirroring a time I once knew, long gone Read more →

Why write poetry

Who Gives a Rip About Poetry?

In the last few weeks I signed up to take two poetry seminars. Both were cancelled for lack of interest. A novel-writing course at the same venue was so popular they had to add a second session. Which lead me to wonder whether anyone gives a rip about poetry. I do. Poets know how to pack a punch is so few lines it… Read more →

Challenge 85 for writers

Haiku Time – #challenge85

Using this image as inspiration, write a haiku. Don’t remember the haiku format? It’s 17 syllables in total, 3 lines, 5/7/5. (5 syllables for line 1, 7 syllables for line 2, 5 syllables for line 3). Use the hashtag #challenge85 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so I can track you down and add your gem to this post later in… Read more →

Short story exercise, steal a line

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,… Read more →