Close back cover sigh Characters loved disappear like forests clear-cut for fortunes Missing fictional friends I knew, lived with for a month The Overstory: A Novel Photo courtesy of Amason
She was already late. Some wreck on the highway had cars piled up for miles. Leslie was driving Amy to the airport for no reason other than she didn’t know how to say no to her friend’s request. Amy’s third grader fidgeted in the back seat as they sat at a standstill in traffic. Silence … More Cupcakes in a Jam
He put on some music while she shuffled. When he drew a card to see who would go first, she was beginning to grove to Dylan. He drew high card, so she dealt and set up the four cards he’d use for his first move. “I cheated,” he muttered. She looked up from her hand, … More Playing to Win
I did not expect what happened it took off in odd directions one character started to fall in love another became philosophical Since fiction is not my forte I did not expect what happened novel pages filled with poems why not? one character is a poet For hours I’ve written an emerging plot become friends … More Unexpected
“Hey, Nashville” he called to me. He lifted a large hand in greeting as we met to walk into the shelter together. I had mentioned on previous visits that Nashville was my home town. He had lived there for a while after his first stint in the Michigan state penitentiary and this had given us … More Thawing Frost
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.
Why Finishing a Novel Is So Difficult You fall in love with them, even with their funny little quirks and imperfections – those fictional characters in novels you read, conglomerates of real people you know except you can really get into their psyches. When the pages get thicker in the front than the back you … More Why Finishing a Novel Is So Difficult