Today’s prompt: Pressure.
“In writing, as in so many pursuits, it’s not the most gifted but the most determined who succeed.” — Norman Mailer
Reviewed by Susan Bono: Fans of Pat Tyler, rejoice! I’m only about 30 pages into this book and I’ve already laughed and cried enough to know this collection of childhood memories is going to keep me reaching for the tissues. New to Pat Tyler’s writing? This is a wonderful introduction. Anyone interested in rural California life during the 1940s will love these stories! Susan Bono is a writing teacher and freelance editor who edited and published Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative in print and online at tiny-lights.com from 1995—2014. Her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, as well as on stage and the radio. She’s promoted the craft of personal narrative at writer’s conferences, retreats, workshops and literary gatherings all over California. She is enjoying midlife with her husband and chickens in Petaluma, CA. Reviewed by Marlene Cullen: 2014 Moments Remembered by Pat Tyler is a…
Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which we accept entries for our annual Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, and the month of July, during which we accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest: Crazyshorts! From January 1st to January 31st, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication. Click here for submission guidelines.
Shame. . . For this prompt, you can write about “shame” as a topic in general. Or: Write on something you are feeling shameful about. You can fictionalize your personal situation to write about a difficult subject. Or: You can write about shame as character development . . . a character feature to be overcome. Photo by Jane Person
Write about a secret. Either a secret you hold, or write from a fictional point of view. You can take your personal experience and write it as fiction. If you want, change the gender, age, details of the main character.
Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Okay, friends. . . you heard The Lady . . . Write! From Marlene: Don’t keep your story bottled up inside you. Write it out. Don’t know what to write about? Check out the prompts on The Write Spot Blog. Choose one. Set your timer for 15 or 20 minutes and Just Write! You can also find writing prompts here.
Literal Latté, a journal of prose, poetry and art accepts submissions 365 days a year. “98% of what we publish comes from the so-called slush pile. We accept work for publication on a continual basis and publish within one year of acceptance. Most issues contain someone who has not been published before.” Click here for submission guidelines.
What Have We Here by Susan Bono Review by Pat Tyler: Last night I went to bed thinking I’d read a story or two from What Have We Here by Susan before I went to sleep. Next thing I knew it was about 1:00 a.m. In my world, that’s late! Today, you’ll find this impressive little anthology in my purse or in my car — knowing its plethora of delightful stories will engage and entertain me as I indulge in a cup of Starbucks or wait impatiently to be seen by my family doctor. These beautifully crafted essays will make you chuckle or bring a tear to your eye. More importantly they will remind you of home and family —either the one you had — or the one you always wished for. Pat Tyler is still alive and writing in Cotati. Review by Carol Hoorn: What we have here is…
If you could live one day without consequences, what would you (or your fictional character) do?