A new year, beginning with a flash

I decided I would dedicate more time in 2017 to creative writing. Technically, I do “write” for a living, just in a very different realm. I am a writer/editor in a correspondence unit, and the bulk of my time is warming up standard messaging and helping craft helpful responses.

Flash fiction is something I’m hoping to pursue and explore this year. I tend to be a wordy writer, so I like how this form challenges me to keep word counts to 150. I’ve been published before, but I have to say this is one of the coolest and most rewarding pieces because I wrote it solely for myself, with very little intention of actually sharing it.

This piece was conceived via a writing prompt from my friends at Third Verb. Writing it and having people other than my mom say it moved them has given me more confidence to try new things and take risks. I feel so fortunate to know, be supported by and draw inspiration from some amazing writers in this community, including these ladies.

More on the fabulous #yegwords projects here and here.

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Exceptional Writers Read

It’s been said that you need to be a reader to be a great writer. I can’t claim to always be a) the best reader or b) the best reader of the best writing. That said, I have been making a concerted effort to read more, and was excited to pick up Stephen King’s On Writing.

And, baby, I can’t put it down!

There have been a number of passages that resonated with me (admittedly, I’m only 88 pages in), but this one got me between the ribs.

“…none of them taught me the things I learned from Carrie White. The most important is that the writer’s perception of a character may be as erroneous as the reader’s. Running a close second was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.”

I’m going to aim for more lunchtime musings to carry over to my own, albeit somewhat slow going, writing project. But I read that and needed to share. Feeling the writer’s block so tremendously these past few years has been challenging. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that traction and momentum come with the act of writing, and writing often, even if it’s garbage. I think I’m on the road up, though.