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Tiny Stories – #challenge86

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 Instagram)

How to find a whopper of a story

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, I’m drawn into a story of my own making. Native Californians, Jesuits, Spanish soldiers . . . religion, tradition, superstition….

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Self-Publish or Traditional? When to Go Hybrid

Self-Publish or Traditional? When to Go Hybrid

  The last time I counted I’d written 30 books. About half are on the self-publish side, half traditional. Since the great Kindle revolution there’s been such a backlash against traditional publishing that I thought I’d throw in my 2c since I do both trad and indie. The Case for Traditional Publishing Last spring, during the height of the coloring book craze, I did a little research to see if a coloring book had ever been done about San Diego….

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How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

All writers get stuck.Call it writer’s block, or call it losing a plot or outline. For me it was slogging through the opening paragraphs of an article I was writing for Astronomy Magazine. No matter how I tried coming up with a slam-bang opening paragraph, everything I wrote stunk. I just couldn’t get my teeth into the heart of the article. In desperation, I got out photos I had taken during the assignment (to the Very Large Array in New…

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[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

People often ask “where do you find your ideas?” Well, they’re everywhere. the girl sitting on the steps, smoking, looking dejected the guy skateboarding down the middle of the street the cat on the roof next door the song that won’t leave your head the whiff of rosemary the taste of risotto the neighbor’s argument the woman who crowds you in the grocery line the age spots on her hands a hookup the bald spot he tries to hide the dog…

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