I glimpsed mother’s tired eyes in my mirror. Where’re mine?!
I thought only good things would happen once we removed the top part of our wool jumper…I didn’t expect to be “the girl in the undershirt.” That’s not fair!
But once I see you see me, then I beam back at you beaming at me.
Flash has emotion, movement and resonance. Word choice and sentencing infer its beginning, middle and end. It has a forward momentum, that builds, illuminating your reader along the way. If the reader gets it by the end, it’s a flash.
The scientist, astronomer, and author, Carl Sagan, on the magic of books: “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead forContinue reading “Carl Sagan on the Magic of Books”
(excerpt from the Writer’s Digest) begin at a pivotal moment add an unusual situation add an intriguing character conflict add an antagonist change emotion irony and surprise make people wonder dread factor keep narrative voice compelling Have fun!
The wonderful thing about fiction: the meaning of a story is contained in the way it unscrolls, in the experience the reader has, phrase by phrase. Everything else—the analysis we tend to feel the need to do—is reductive (fun, but reductive). The reading experience, when you think about it, is so complex and lovely andContinue reading “George Saunders on Fiction”
Timeless Advice from 1932-1933 My favorites are 1,7,10,11 Which are yours? Leave a comment so I know.
Quick Mindful Tips 41.) Vivid moment – some reflection of moment by adult 42.) BE AWARE BUT DON’T LET IT CRIPPLE YOU! 43.) Each paragraph ratchets up tension 44.) Inhabit story – reader takes part in story 45.) Crisis is to Drama as Insight is to Memoir 46.) Narrative distance – description of time/space, bothContinue reading “50 things to keep in mind when writing (41-50)”