I stopped at my desk, tracing paper stacked and twisted in a monument to the process of learning how to be creative, and opened my lock-box, door standing ajar, lock laying closed and inside.
Through Twitter, I recently discovered that Clarkesworld is accepting submissions for an anthology called UPGRADED.
After fourth period, it would be time for lunch, time to take another tentative step out of childhood, time to put the fear aside and embrace that right-of-passage that all young men must endure; I had to talk to the girl, to ask her out on a date, to figure out what one was supposed to do on a date.
Your assignment is simply to write 21 of your moments within the span of one month. You can submit one polished moment from this challenge after the challenge ends.
Jill sat at the sleek, white formica bar sipping her café au lait and mentally kicking herself for agreeing to meet with Michael. Again. I could just leave and go back to the hospital, she thought to herself, he wouldn’t even know I had been here.
The Prince of Darkness stopped typing and peered over his glasses at Stan. “Why in blue heaven do you need a vacation? You work at a Starbucks in downtown Queens. Part time.”
I read last weeks piece in my writing group yesterday and Risa asked what my “theme” was, and as I was just playing around with words a bit I didn’t have a good answer. While this is something I go through on longer pieces (you should see the notes for my Djinn novel I am…
“We need to get some food,” Julie said as she rolled down the dusty passenger window hoping to let some of the cool night air into the stuffy cab. She had already changed twice and now her last shirt, drenched with sweat, clung to her body.
Janet Reid, the über literary agent, has an often weekly contest on her blog (not her Queryshark, which is another great blog). The prompts are often five words that must be used, at least once, in a story that is one-hundred words or less. I’ve not done many blog prompt contests with such short limits,…
A.S. King has a fun contest going on her blog in advance of the release of her next book, REALITY BOY. Want to win an ARC of REALITY BOY? All you have to do is follow 3 little rules, and you’re in. Go crazy. You have two whole weeks.
So, I took the plunge and have signed up for Larry Brook’s Amazing $100 Professional Story Coaching and Empowerment Adventure. I’ll post some follow up experiences, but I think that even if he eviscerates me it will have been well worth the cost.
The basic idea of his thesis was that a story’s main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the stories shape. The shape of society’s stories, he said, is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.