A Writing Blog

Fiction Writing Tips & Ideas, Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Journaling.

Last week I started a comparative essay on two works of 12th Century literature. This particular class Foundations of Literature, requires the students to pick from a list of common themes, then select two literary works to compare and contrast.

One of my choices, The Lays of Marie de France, tells a story based on the 5th Century Legends of King Arthur. The interesting twist is that some believe the Author to be an Irish women using the pen name of a Frenchman in order for her work to be published. The poem Landvil, and the Spanish short story Don Quixote, are very different in plot and character, yet they have a common theme… LOVE.

I will be back in a few days with a few thoughts on love!

The famous six word story… Hemingway- Baby Shoe’s

Hemingway’s 6 word short story

Lately I’ve been exploring the literary depths of Flash Fiction. It’s much more difficult than I had thought. I found this definition, as well as a few others (Twitterature)… Go figure!

Some commentators have suggested that flash fiction possesses a unique literary quality in its ability to hint at or imply a larger story.

Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story; the 280-character story (also known as “twitterature”); the “dribble” (also known as the “mini-saga,” 50 words); the “drabble” (also known as “micro-fiction,” 100 words); “sudden fiction” (750 words); flash fiction (1,000 words); and “micro-story”.

I frequently flip back to my favorite Stephen King book, especially on lazy days when I’m sitting around not wanting to get into anything big.

On Writing is full of ideas and inspiration. Although, I will say, the “pantcing” technique is beyond me. I still struggle with outlines, developing characters, scenes, etc. But I do love thinking about stories and how I should tell them.

Nobska Light

I finally mustered the courage to publish on KDP this weekend. First obstacle behind me, now I keep writing!

In an effort to publish some flash fiction I went to KDP searching for an eBook category for such short stories. Being less than 2000 words, I had thought there would be a certain policy or “rules” to publishing… I couldn’t find any. So, if anybody has ideas as to where or how to publish short stories on Amazon Kindle, I would love to hear suggestions.

Today I started an outline for my novel. After writing a few short stories I figured I would step it up and enter the big league. Finding a quiet place to gather the thoughts on paper was the first challenge… I have read a few blogs from others suggesting a dedicated time early in the morning. I may need to take that advice. Although I had some great ideas, I couldn’t seem to get it together… Any suggestions would be appreciated, feel free to leave a comment, please!

I’m Outside… Be back soon with a new story.

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

I waited a year before enrolling back to college, that was after a six year departure from my previous two years of schooling. I had to wait the year because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being spontaneous… I can get that way sometime! I live in Massachusetts, not far from SNHU, my college of choice. After researching college level creative writing courses, this decision was easy. The amazing staff at admissions were beyond helpful, my student advisor is a reservoir of knowledge and so far, every Instructor has been awesome. I’m finally back, and have been for a year. My new goal is this Blog. I will be sharing stories and looking forward to feedback. Please join in and sign up… I look forward to your feedback.

I returned to college last year in pursuit of a degree in Creative Writing. As a father of two teenage girls that are absolutely amazing, there was no better time than the present for reflection and writing.

My goal here is to become a better writer by reading and reviewing feedback from followers, implementing suggestions, and producing stories that interest people.

Why do this?

  • Writing is a craft honed over time, experience is key, this blog will part of the learned experience.
  • Because this will help me focus on ideas I can write about therefore creating a space of entertainment and experience.

One of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why I started, therefore, articulating my goals may just give you a few other ideas to help me along.