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Taylor Jordan. The Chance issue is a collection of vivid writing exploring luck, opportunism and coincidence. She has a blog at cdogco. Rose Servitova is a job coach who likes to write—mother of two, wife of one. Lenore Weiss. Dara Thomas Higgins is a writer and musician living in Dublin.
Hit Factories: The sound of young industrial Britain. Rise of the Ultra Runners: Long-distance journey to the centre of the self. Not Working: What ails our labour markets and how to fix them. Most Read in Culture. Short stories. Deus Absconditus, a short story by Mary Costello.
Present Company (Flash Fiction / Short Story) eBook: R.M. Prioleau: malbwhistcanmemi.gq uk: Kindle Store. A master of the Dark Arts searches for his prized experiment. A commoner woman with a torn past seeks a new life. The story of death's love and life's fate.
Transatlantic Railroad, a short story by Mary M Burke. Locksmiths, a short story by Wendy Erskine. Book reviews. Upperdown review: Murder, mayhem and maths in Tipperary. All stories are about people. People in trouble. The idea treated by action or by discourse or by both. Not loneliness, in other words, but what you have to say about that loneliness. Theme is where the writing meets the world. Images: Stories, like dreams, exist in images.
Not ideas. They are sensual. Like dreams, fiction communicates in visual images because, for most of us, vision is our primary vehicle for understanding the world. Why images? Images are more vivid and more emotionally powerful than abstractions.
Words: Words are all we have. Every character we animate, every room we construct, every town we build, all of it we do with words. With words we cast our spells. The purpose of this draft is not to get it right but to get it written. To err is human, to revise divine.
To expect too much from the first draft is to misunderstand the writing process. A good first draft is a failed first draft. If at first you succeed, try, try again. Remember that you can surrender to failure and stop trying another failure or you can use the failure to make you brave. While very short stories may be quickly read, they are not often quickly written.
It takes time to be brief. Draft by draft the story improves.
Anyone can write on a good day. Writers do it every day. On the discouraging and frustrating days you need to write and push back against every distraction and every person calling you away from the writing desk. Writing is a love of labor as much as a labor of love. Please note the prices displayed are determined by your regional IP address.
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