June 28: Flash Fiction Challenge

June 28: Flash Fiction Challenge

My hand races across the page and I sketch the scene unfolding — Suomi dancers in blue aprons and kerchiefs over white-blond hair circle around, stepping in time to violins. To my left I’m vaguely aware of the large brick structure that once served as a...
Raw Literature: Young Sung Hero

Raw Literature: Young Sung Hero

Raw Literature posts as an ongoing conversation about those first works we create as writers, as literary artists. Guest Authors share personal insights on their craft, its process, the experience of creating raw literature and what they do with it. Carrot Ranch is a...
Raw Literature: Writing with Mother

Raw Literature: Writing with Mother

By Robbie Cheadle About mid last year, my Mother and I decided we should write the story of her growing up during the Second World War in the small town of Bungay in East Anglia, Britain. I had listened to my Mother’s childhood stories for my whole life. I thought her...
Raw Literature: Exploring a New Structure

Raw Literature: Exploring a New Structure

By Faith Colburn I’m trying something unusual structurally right now, and the jury is out. I hope to send my novel to beta readers sometime later this month, but I’m still tweaking. Here’s the nutshell: I have a male character, Connor, whose sister,...
Raw Literature: Meet My Other Half

Raw Literature: Meet My Other Half

By Juliet Nubel Until last autumn, I honestly thought I knew who I was and where I was going. As an aspiring writer in any case. The complexities of my childish fifty-something brain have never quite been sorted out, but at least I have always known what I want to...
Raw Literature: A Writer’s Journey

Raw Literature: A Writer’s Journey

By Rachel Hanson I’ve had the pleasure of writing a few 99-word flash-fiction pieces for The Ranch over the last year or so and I was SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED when Charli asked if I would consider writing something just a little longer about my journey to start a page on...
Riding the Range

Riding the Range

Raw Literature by D. Avery Charli Mills has welcomed me to the ranch but does she know that it’s a steel horse I ride? It’s likely she doesn’t care what any of us ride, is simply happy to have us ride for the ranch, but when I was in the saddle today it came to me...
Raw Literature: The Power of Words

Raw Literature: The Power of Words

Essay by C. Jai Ferry, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> The process of writing is unique to each writer, but the longer I write, the more I realize that many readers have no understanding of the writing process in general—which for the...
Raw Literature: Got Lit? Try It Raw

Raw Literature: Got Lit? Try It Raw

Essay by D. Avery, prolific Ranch Hand, rowdy Range Writer and author of “Chicken Shift” and “For the Girls.” << ? >> Menus now have asterisked warnings regarding the consumption of underdone meat or fish. Raw usually comes with a...
Raw Literature: Underneath

Raw Literature: Underneath

Brave and subversive, like gazing upon the surface of a pond Essay by Anne Goodwin, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers and author of “Underneath,” her second novel. << ? >> I didn’t realise I was obsessed with staircases until I put the...