Cut until you can cut no more. Do you need your readers to connect to your work. Organisations, institutions and individuals will often think they know best about your work — especially if they are paying you. Finally, when writing dialogue be sure to include some sort of tension in every exchange.
There are, of course, as many definitions of Flash Fiction as there are writers. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.
After while though, my brain scattered. Find the right word, put it down. If something looks interesting, find a way to justify it. Margaret Atwood 1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. It was just getting dark outside, the floor-to-ceiling windows, curtain-less, making me feel like we were alone, tension rising, in a cave.
Thomas advises focusing on one powerful image. Words are the raw material of our craft. Save the twist until the end. A guide to narrative craft like the free download available here can really help give you a better understanding of how to write a fiction book.
Read it aloud to yourself. What incident shaped her. It's a nice feeling, and you don't want to be cluttered with the corpses of poems and stories which have everything in them except the life they need. They may not be what you want to end up doing but you have to master them in the meanwhile.
Organisations, institutions and individuals will often think they know best about your work — especially if they are paying you. A story you can read while waiting for the barista to finish making your non-fat, no-foam, chai vanilla iced latte.
The biggest regret of my writing life is that I have never kept a journal or a diary. That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. To use an adverb this way or almost any way is a mortal sin. Doing this has given me two surprising benefits: Or do I just sit down and start with whatever comes out.
Fear is a continuum—it can be simple worry or outright terror. Then take the other road. Should the book be a series of flashbacks. A decade after it ended, I realized the microscopic hooks that found their way into my veins so long ago were still part of me today.
Writing a fiction book requires that you have compelling characters, and characters who have strong wants and desires are the most compelling kind there are. Do I transcribe my journals.
A cop assigned a case that may mean the end of his career. That stuff is for agents and editors to fret over — or not. Chances are the words that come into your head will do fine, eg "horse", "ran", "said".
Then calm down, and start worrying about the quality. It works on the different levels of characterisation, from flat to round, and how character and place interact.
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Run with it or away from it. Stop arguing with yourself. How might characters say things that put other characters and thus, readers off balance. This is the most important rule of all and, naturally, I don't follow it.
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There are, of course, as many definitions of Flash Fiction as there are writers. Length: The closest point of consensus I could find is that Flash Fiction ought to be not more than words. (One journal points out that, in China, this fiction is described as a story you can read in the time it takes to smoke a cigarette.
Three months ago I started writing a memoir. This story has been hiding in my brain for the last decade, percolating without me knowing it. Long story short, back in middle school I started dating a guy and it turned into a seven-year, mildly abusive relationship.
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