Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #8

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #8

TUFF: The Ultimate Flash Fiction by Charli Mills What if I told you that writing flash fiction will get you to where you want to be? Would you scoff, or consider the possibility? Would you think I’m handing you a magic elixir? Ah, an elixir. Let’s pause a...
Wow: Amazing Feats

Wow: Amazing Feats

Step right up and gaze upon the amazing feats of writers: 99 word stories from birth and reconciliation to phonetic and Freudian slips. If there was one thing Buffalo Bill Cody was known for, that was a show demonstrating amazing feats of riders. Here we celebrate the...
August 12: Flash Fiction Challenge

August 12: Flash Fiction Challenge

His back is to me as he casts his flies. Hoppers or nymphs. He’d know; he discerns to the insect hatch. I observe not to plop a reading seat on an ant hill or encounter anything crawling across stones in the creek. He’s Sgt. Mills, ex-Army Ranger and...
Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

What I’m going to say will either sound like writing blaspheme, or will set you free. Also, I’m going to give you a disclaimer: the process I’m sharing works for me. I don’t expect it to work for everyone. Some of you may be kindred spirits;...
Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

Mapping the Hero’s Journey

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” ~ Joseph Campbell It’s appropriate to begin a discussion on the hero’s journey by quoting the man we now equate with modern understanding of mythology. Joseph Campbell theorized: “all myths are the...
Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

The Story Behind the Board

“You should take Mary Carroll Moore’s class on developing a book.” A newly published author offered me this advice in 2012 when I told her I was quitting my day job to finish writing my novel. She took this workshop, published and won a literary...
Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

The Ordinary World

I’m pondering my own ordinary world to better grasp the hero’s journey. I’m just a writer, trying to undo the 9-to-5 rhythms that tethered my body and mind to desk and duty for years. Most of us can recognize the “career path” or...
Writing a Novel Scene by Scene

Finding the Cave

April feels like it’s going to be an easy month, if there are ever such declarations. Easy in the sense that my first manuscript is now in the care of someone else. No more tweaking, second-guessing names, plot and character development. It’s whole,...
Writing into Your Truth

Writing into Your Truth

You’ve probably heard this phrase said another way: write what you know. To be honest with you, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in fiction based on what I know. It stumped me, but only until I learned about a writer’s truth. In 2011 I went...