Flash Fiction Friday: Challenge by Chuck Wendig

 

Alright, so now that I’m back to blogging again, I thought I’d try to up my writing ante by participating in this week’s Flash Fiction Challenge by Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds.

I want to write more fiction, and I think the last time I committed myself to something weekly like this, I was forcing myself to come up with original ideas on my own.  But now that I know that there are weekly challenges out there, I figure I should exercise my creativity and display it this way.

This week’s challenge is to take three sentences from the comment section of last week’s challenge and write a 2,000-word story with them.  So, wherever you see somebody’s username or link in parentheses next to a sentence, I didn’t write it.  Another awesome writer did, and I’m just borrowing it.  I’ve also taken the liberty to make some slight alterations to punctuation and tense in the sentences, but I don’t think they take away from the power they have.  If the authors decide they want me to change it back, they’re free to contact me.

And as a warning, I would not say this is story is for young kids.  There’s no language, but there are cigars.  And demons.  And talk of religion.  Naked silhouettes.  Those sorts of things.

Anyway, hope you like it! Constructive criticism is welcome.

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I’m Back!

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And I’m happy to be back.

And no.  I didn’t become a potter.  I’m still very much a writer and an artist of sorts.

But I promise that all will be explained.

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Writing, Cookies, and Why I’m Taking a Blogging Hiatus

Chocolate chip cookies, courtesy of strecosa at pixelbay.com

Two months ago, I wrote a post on why having an English degree kind of makes you a better fiction writer, but won’t mean anything if you don’t write anything.  I would say that this post is part 2 to the previous one, but the two make similar arguments for different purposes.  This one is for the fiction writers out there who are very “left-brained,” logical, and organized and can’t seem to tap into that “right-brained,” creative side, even when they know they should be writing every day.  (Though I’ve actually just learned that the left-brain/right-brain dichotomy is kind of a myth, you get my point.)

And don’t worry.  Those cookies up at the top are a part of the explanation.

And the part about the hiatus is going to get explained, too.

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