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Warm up with keywords

An essential in writing a flash memoir is refreshing your memory of the scene. Before you start writing, take a few moments to visualize the scene. Step through the physical environment, sequence of events, and your reactions. While doing this, make a list of keywords and phrases that capture the most distinct elements, emotions, and visual cues.  This […]

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Writing Wonder: Where I’m From

WHERE I’M FROM by George Ella Lyon I am from clothespins, from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening, it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush the Dutch elm whose long-gone limbs I remember as if they were my own. I’m from fudge and eyeglasses, […]

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Make it crackle with sound

It’s called onomatopoeia and it’s words that bring sound to your stories.  Merriam-Webster defines it as 1) the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (buzz, hiss)  2) the use of words whose sound suggests the sense (hiccup). Make a list of word sounds you like.  […]

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Use distinct nouns & verbs

The more specific you are, the more universal you are. ~Nancy Hale A good trick for making your flash stories more compact and meaningful is to choose just the right nouns and verbs. When you’re referring to an orchard, what type of orchard is it – apple, pear, orange? When your character is walking, is […]

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Prospective memoir writing

Guest post by with Cheryl Stahle Describe your perfect life; your goals, hopes, and dreams.  When exactly do you plan to invent this perfect life or at least create a timeline for launching the new you, version 2.0?   When you think in this fashion, you use a technique called prospective memoir writing.  Prospective memoir writing […]

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Tell your gutsy story

Gutsy Living is looking for flash story submissions on gutsy experiences that changed you, your life, or your understanding about something important. A new story will be featured each week and a winner chosen each month by reader votes. See submission details, plus the treasure trove of great prizes. So the next time you’re standing […]

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