I took on the Flash Non-Fiction Challenge #1 – writing about three things and how they may relate to one another. I’m not exaggerating when I admit that I went through 30+ revisions, trying to find the perfect word, the perfect turn-of-phrase.
I was shocked at the ah-ha’s I experienced, but I’ll save that for another post. What I can tell you now, though, is that after I finished writing, I felt exhilarated and alive – truly alive.
As you complete your Flash Non-Fiction, send it over so I can post it; then, let’s talk about what we discovered about ourselves.
My desk is probably like yours; modem, router, speakers, and a phone, all joined by an oversized mug jammed with pens I never use and a blue-handled pair of scissors that I do. Crowding what little open space remains is a collection of fetishes picked up during my travels in the Southwest.
If you sat at my desk, I bet you’d reach for my turquoise bear. Crafted by an unknown Zuni artist, the fetish sat in a shop in Sedona, waiting for me to come along and rescue it. That was long before Sedona had its first traffic light or turquoise-arched McDonalds; back then, I could walk across 89A without dodging a mob . . . keep reading
I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the
magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following:
I’ve been reading Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, edited by Dinty W. Moore (available in paperback and Kindle) and it’s charging me up to try my hand at writing a 750-ish-word essay. Each chapter is written by a flash non-fiction writer and covers topics from writing about people, locations, objects, and observations. Each chapter contains an exercise followed by an example of the exercise, written by the chapter’s author.
The exercise I’m going to try is picking three specific elements from what you see around you (in the author’s case, his desk) and then examine how they correspond one to another; what associations they bring you, and how they illuminate something about you.
Over the next few days I’m going to work on my flash non-fiction essay and I invite you to join me. (Don’t be shy!). I’ve picked my three elements – a Zuni bear fetish, a porcelain unicorn and a ceramic blessing goddess- and am now considering what to write.
Will you join me? I’ll post my flash non-fiction piece here as soon as I’ve finished and will post your piece (with your permission) as well. Let’s see what we can create
P.S. Just use the Contact button to send over your flash non-fiction. Or, if you prefer, you can always find me nancy [at] nancyhendrickson.com
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I recently won a contract to write several 300-400 word content pieces for a client’s websites. This is my first test of producing beautiful writing for an SEO content-driven site. I’ll be researching a topic about which I know nothing (which I enjoy) then seeing if I can use the SEO keyword list to create content that’s truly beautiful. Although I can’t link to the finished content (confidentiality), I will report in on how the personal challenge went.
I’m wondering how your beautiful writing challenge is going? Comment below and let me know.
If all this is Greek to you, please read the post about my writing journey.
I’m not sure how I first ran across Terri Gadal’s poetry. As a woman “of a certain age”, I immediately recognized in her a kindred spirit – one brave enough to write about issues of aging. It’s rare to find a writer willing to explore the dark corners where fear of memory loss and independence dwell – themes Terri faces head on.
In a way, the honesty of Terri’s poetry reminds me of Sylvia Plath, although her dark corners were another story, indeed. . . . keep reading
Thank you to Cristina Oliver for sharing her thoughts about beautiful writing:
Writing that brings heaven into the room,like a soft breeze ruffling lace curtains. Like the smell of the ocean on a warm summer day…………writing that send us into the best of ourselves answering all our hopes and dreams………….
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