Flash Fiction Prompt: What Can I Do?

“What can I do?” I asked and they said, “Nothing.” I didn’t know what to say so I left and headed down to the river where I could hear the waves lapping onto the shore and I could sit in the dark and feel safe for the first time all day. I wasn’t a bad…

The Push and Pull of Life

Brother, tell me you hear me Let me know you are with me in your thoughts Guide me through these tough days Reassure me of right decisions. Sister, you are never far away You have taught me well of right and wrong Hold me close to you tonight And let me feel your sweet love…

Inspiration for Writing and Life

I have just come from seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the thoughts below are inspired by this A1 movie, which I highly recommend. I want: 1) To travel to faraway places so I can remind myself that I’m still young enough to be flexible, which will reflect itself in my writing. 2) To…

Back to My Blog

Back to regular postings.  Glad to be back home to my blog.  Aware that while I like presenting information, I love plain ole writing more.  Not that I have much to say tonight.  Have been talking all day.  Glad to have friends and family to talk with; happy too to end the day in silence. …

A Method to Revise Your “Flash”

On this final day as guest editor at SheWrites, I’d like to cover an important element of writing if you hope to eventually publish your “flash” fiction and nonfiction. This process comes from an excerpt of an article in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide for Writing Flash Fiction entitled “Editing and Revising Flash Fiction”…

The Value of Flash: Lose the Critic and Find the Strength

Writing fast and furious is the goal in “flash” fiction and nonfiction because by doing so you outran that pesky little character called your “inner critic,” which is that mean and shaming voice in your head that tells you everything you write is stupid and not worth the time, effort, and concentration you’re spending on…

Critical Components of Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction

Flash fiction and flash nonfiction differ clearly in content, but many of the needs are the same given the conciseness of the form. In an excerpt from The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash Fiction, Nathan Leslie in his article, “The “V” Word,” states, “By focusing on language, scene, voice, and character, my students…

SheWrites Interview with Award Winner Writer and Editor: Tara L. Masih

As guest editor this week for SheWrites, it is my pleasure to introduce Tara L. Masih, writer and editor. Tara graciously consented to an interview in which she shares her thoughts and insights related to Flash Fiction. I highly recommend The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction – I use it in…