• #365WritingChallenge,  Uncategorized

    Winning Short Story

    Our 365 Writing Challenge group had a short story contest. We judged on ten different areas including voice, structure, pacing, and use of description. Here is the winning entry by Amanda Kaye. The judge loved her use of distinct characters and gripping internal struggle. Desert Thorn The hot wind whistles through the window slit carved near the ceiling, singing to me, promising to carry me far from this house.  “Does the alriyalssa call you to the dunes, Feyna?  Does it whisper the secrets of the sands?” “Stop acting like such a mihana,Di’Ni!  We don’t have much time.”  My aunt groans as she sinks to her knees beside me.  She dips…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    Great Advice for Writers of Short Stories

    By Rebecca Dempsey After more than a decade of writing short stories, here is what I have learned.  Write.  Read short stories. Read across genres, authors, places and times. I recommend Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur Conan Doyle, Carmel Bird, Ambrose Bierce, Etgar Keret, Tim Winton, DH Lawrence and Flannery O’Connor etc. The shorter the work the keener the focus is on how it is written. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation matter. There could be as little as 10 words to grab and hold someone’s attention so errors are distracting. Don’t have a cast of thousands, or a story crossing continents or time periods when there are only 500 words to do…

  • Drabble Contest,  Uncategorized

    Write A 100-Word Story! But Include These Three Cards!

    This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each of the three Apples To Apples cards in the photo. All three. Not two. Not four. ALL THREE. New cards are chosen every week. And you can ignore the small words that explain it clearer. We just want the big three. Paste your drabble into the comments below. Then share this with your friends. The…

  • Drabble Contest,  Uncategorized

    Can You Write A 100-Word Story Using These Three Cards?

    This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each of the three Apples To Apples cards in the photo. All three. Not two. Not four. ALL THREE. New cards are chosen every week. And you can ignore the small words that explain it clearer. We just want the big three. Paste your drabble into the comments below. Then share this with your friends. The…

  • Drabble Contest,  Uncategorized

    Write A 100-Word Story! Tell Your Friends! Win A Prize!

    This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each of the three Apples To Apples cards in the photo. All three. Not two. Not four. ALL THREE. New cards are chosen every week. And you can ignore the small words that explain it clearer. We just want the big three. Paste your drabble into the comments below. Then share this with your friends. The…