observe the moment write, count, slash, then rearrange darn, last line still has six Day One prompt: Write a poem that provides the reader with instructions on how to do something.
My folder full of drafts awaits a tough-love hand to start the revision process I’ll get a load of laundry started to wash while I revise, last night’s dishes need cleaning up and why not start some soup to simmer while I work revisions? Finally, at the computer I find CNN is open; I read … More Revision Avoidance (part 1)
Memo of a missing payment Returning home to smell of smoke Increasing shore lines Anger rising A mystery pain in your chest What to do with red flags? Notice them and face the issue? Make them white flags of surrender? Let them drape your life in terror? Or turn them into roses? Photo by Gian … More Red Flags
Edit. Reshape. Trim your prose. Don’t panic. The piece simply must fit. Your dirty trick of utilizing abundant elongated terminology Bores readers. Strunk’s redundant imperative “Omit needless words. Omit needless words. Omit needless words.” Grabs my writer attention Trim it back. The clock is ticking. Be brief. Make it fit.
Write the long version of your short story before you slice and dice your scribbles to stumble upon that tuft of truth submerged in vague ramblings Included as a prompt for Generation of new works of fiction.