2020 has been a crazy year. That may be the understatement of the decade, but the truth is that everything feels outside of my control.
One of my favorite ways to cope with uncertainty has always been writing. I published a lot in 2016 when I was on the verge of leaving my job and committing to freelancing, a move that not everyone thought was right for me. Now, in 2020, the uncertainty is a lot bigger than me, but writing is still my go-to, this time in the form of micro fiction.
Though there isn’t a wholly agreed-upon definition, the most common caps micro fiction at 300 words. That doesn’t seem like much–300 words is little more than one manuscript page–but good micro packs a lot of meaning into that space, maybe because the word count is so restrictive: there’s no room for any detail or action that doesn’t move the story forward–and I love the challenge.
The following links are my best attempts, thus far, at this tiny form:
- “Relief,” a 166-word story at Fewer Than 500.
- “Safety Blanket,” a 50-word story at 50-Word Stories.
- “Stars,” Twitter fiction published by Cuento Magazine.
- “ISO,” Twitter fiction also published by Cuento Magazine.
Does quarantine have you writing more or less than before? What are your favorite micro magazines and stories? How much can you pack into fewer than 300 words?
Stay safe and well out there!
Check out my latest poem, published by Into the Void!
Source: Why Do You Want to Live Forever, Anyway?
World building is typically associated with genre fiction like fantasy or sci-fi, but I’d argue that it’s just as important for stories set in the real world.
Why? Check out my full article on Pop Culture Uncovered!
World building is a key element of story craft in which an author creates and defines the universe in which he or she will write. Good world building is consistent above all else—and also gives the story meaning. A Google search of “world building” pulls up almost 150 million results, almost all of them relating […]
Recently I was asked to speak to a group of undergraduate students about my freelancing job as a writer and editor, answering the usual “How did you get your first project?” and “When did you know you wanted to write?” sort of questions. Those are easy to answer–my first project was for a friend, and I figured out I wanted to write as a career in 2014–but harder to do was create an actionable piece of advice. In the audience were students of diverse backgrounds and work experience. Some were in their 30’s; others were not long out of high school. Some wanted to work in creative fields and others didn’t.
What could I say that might help all of them?
Once upon a time, The Girl with the Tree Tattoo posted about the difference between being someone’s friend and being friendly. Your ballroom dance teacher, she argued, isn’t your friend; he or she is being friendly, because ballroom is a business. Your teacher is part of your dance journey, not your whole life.
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Good news, everyone: Julie from Just a Girl and a Bike has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you!!
Over the summer, the wonderful blogger Fab Writings nominated me for the Handwriting Tag. Thank you! I’m sorry this took me so long to post.
I couldn’t find an image for The Handwriting Tag…so I made one myself 😀 Feel free to use it!
Everyone has a comfort zone. Some of us feel at ease on the dance floor, others on a sports field, and others yet in a classroom or library. Some prefer solitude while others hang out in crowded cafes. Though each of us relax in different ways, we can all agree on one thing: our comfort zones are, well, comfortable. And the happiness and security we feel within that comfort zone are great.
Unless, of course, you’re too scared to step out of it.
Life provides us a million opportunities to push ourselves — sometimes these challenges appear as something relevant to our passion, like a local writing contest or community talent show, and sometimes they appear as risks we want to take, like karaoke night at your favorite bar or an empty spot on the dance floor at a wedding.
Other times, you have to make your own opportunities. Maybe dress up as a cyclops.
Sometimes life is funny like that.