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Measure of Success

secret to getting aheadI’ve been reading lots lately about the measure of success. However, when it comes to writing, I have changed my mind about what constitutes success. Normally, I’d say the attainment of success means that I have achieved a desired goal or outcome. But when it comes to writing, success varies on a day-to-day basis. Some days suc Continue reading

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Comfort Zone

Hi All,

The Comfort Zone (album)

I just read a friend’s blog over at Word Wranglers. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. She’s talking about Comfort Zones, so I thought I would entertain that same thought here. You know, it’s very easy sometimes to stay put in our comfort zones. I really want to say that it’s very easy to stay trapped in our comfort zones and hard to try things that are new and different.

Just recently, I took a workshop on writing flash fiction. I had the opportunity to write super-short stories that were 250 words in length, on up to 1,000 words max. I had a blast! It was super fun, but not necessarily super easy. The task was the same as writing a full-length short story. The short fiction pieces needed a hook, conflict, and resolution, but with a twist at the end.

Speaking of comfort zones, I leaped totally out of my comfort zone and experimented with writing paranormal and historical fiction. I found these new genres quite fascinating. So sometimes, I’d say, experiencing the new can stimulate and spike writing!

Here is a sampling of my flash fiction writing! Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

First Date

By

Arsoleen Woolcock

Mirrors don’t lie. They reflect what they see.

I’m beautiful – soft, caramel-colored skin; tawny eyes with gold flecks; lithe, slender body; long legs. Dressed in a tight-fitting, hip-hugging dress, I expect Dwayne’s head to spin.

I twirl my long, luxurious, waist-length tress. Wow, if it weren’t narcissistic, I’d be in love with myself, so I couldn’t blame a fellow for finding me irresistible. But thinking I’d have sex with him on the first date? Well, I’m not that kind of girl. The corners of my mouth curve into a smile. Tonight Dwayne would find out exactly what kind of girl I am.

Almost 8 o’clock. I have a date to keep. I wonder if he’ll still reek of fear? That’s why I enjoy meeting at Park Central. Most men know about the murders. Dwayne knew. I could see it in his eyes.

I grin, lick wet hungry lips. Continue reading

February 13, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Under the Microscope

“I, to commit murder?”

So began the first line of a short story I wrote as a teenager in high school.

With confidence, I let one of my friends read the story.

He gasped, “That’s what you want to happen!”

“No,” I tried to explain to him. “That’s not what I want to happen. It’s just writing. I’m using my imagination.”

Are you like him in thinking that a writer’s life is buried between the pages?

My sisters and I debate the issue all the time. One of them assures me that everything written says something about the author.

Stephen King, American author best known for h...

So are you really trying to tell me that Stephen King desires to be trapped in one of his gruesome horrors? Continue reading

September 22, 2012 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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