Welcome to my stop on the Rough Writers Tour Around the World as we launch the first flash fiction anthology from the Carrot Ranch on-line literary community. If you’re new here, you might be wondering why a memoir writer is peddling flash fiction? And we’ll get onto that, Continue reading “How to worm a cat, Flash Fiction and other ways to tackle Perfectionism.”
After lending a hand at the Carrot Ranch this week, I thought I’d share the great variety of responses to this week’s flash fiction prompt.
A character’s willingness to offer or receive help can show us something about personality, situation or history without the writer ‘telling’ the obvious about the fears, dilemmas, pride or compassion involved in the transaction.
Sometimes though, it becomes necessary to describe just that, so an unexpected response is understood.
This week, writers explored the offer of all manner of help in response to:
April 13th 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about offering to help someone. What’s their situation? What’s yours? Do they think they need help? How is it received? Could you be misinterpreted?
Union City by denmaniacs4
The sun slunk low as we entered the simmering heart of Union City.
We proceeded to Henry Taylor’s Stable and dismounted.
“Aggie, I have a man to see…”
She looked at me anxiously.
“No,” I said, “not that man. Not yet.”
She nodded. “I have…
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I am so looking forward to meeting her at last!
Of course this past week should have been about final preparations and only half way through did I wonder how I came to volunteer a guest post and fiction prompt Continue reading “Memoir Monday – Perspectives”
As you might have noticed, some weeks I have a go at flash fiction at Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch. Flash fiction is simply small itty bits of writing that tell some sort of story. Generally it varies from 50-500 words. There are a few rules like not being offensive but otherwise it is open to absolutely anyone who wants to have a go.
There are a fair few of us who have been doing so for a couple of years and we make up Continue reading “Saddle Up Folks! Come for a Ride at the Carrot Ranch”
I’ve been aware of steadily building to a ‘writing crisis’ for over a year now. It reached a horrible crescendo over the New Year and I was close to building a great big bonfire and walking away from 80,00 words which seem to have a gravity all of their own, dragging me back to misery even when I don’t open the document to work on it. It’s always there.
The biggest part of the problem has been deciding what my book is about: It’s about cancer but that’s only initially. It’s about survival but where does that start Continue reading “Memoir Monday”
If we were having coffee together I’d already be distracted, trying to lay my hands on the pieces of paper with the first half of this post on. I’d tell you how I’ve enjoyed the sheer ‘ordinariness’ reading similar posts of Irene Waters as she updates followers with household exploits, puppy training and writing updates. #WeekendCoffeeShare is hosted by Diana over at Part Time Monster – I like the easy, chatty way of it, so I’d started a few notes at the beginning of the week – almost a diary, but as we’re having coffee in public, Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare 9th April 2016”