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When Other People’s Opinions Don’t Matter

Banksy in Boston: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS CANCELLED, Essex St, Chinatown, Boston, photo by Chris Devers   My husband and I have been watching Project Runway this season. We have our favorite designers and our least favorite ones. Near the beginning of the season, the one we were betting against the …

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» A Land of Make-Believe by Avis Hickman-Gibb Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

The sun was hot. That summer was a scorcher. I remember the sweat trickling down the sides of my face. I was always sticky and grubby – I spent most of my time outdoors playing with my new friend. We went to the park, played in my back garden, and …

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A Character’s POV = A Character’s Truth

Who you see depends on your POV! Each Wednesday at 3:00 I drive a loved one to see his therapist.* During the 45-minute appointment, I sit in the waiting area and afterward, depending on the season, I drive this loved one to swim practice or soccer practice or to the …

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» Sewickley by John Bruce Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

He couldn’t recollect her name. What he remembered was the place she told him she came from. “I’m from a wonderful town called Sewickley.” She pronounced it carefully and distinctly, as if he were a slow second-grader. Perhaps if she’d said “My name is Suuusan,” he would have remembered her …

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How Not To NaNoWriMo

photo by Jon Linnell I’m not a huge fan of rules about writing. I don’t write every day, for starters. I neither write what I know nor do I not write what I don’t know. So there are very few blanket pronouncements I would make about writing, and I would …

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» Spiders by Anna Potts Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

The spiders died that night. Content continues after advertisement I saw them in my dreams – a tangle of black spreading across the hills, punctuated by jointed legs, flexing slowly in the heat. I found them in the bath tub, legs given way under the weight of their bodies. I …

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Writing Across Gender Lines

Photo by Flickr user Tatters If you ask a small child to draw a tree, they will almost inevitably draw a brown rectangle topped by a cloud-shaped green blob. That’s what a tree looks like. We all know that. We recognise it instantly for what it is. Even children too …

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The Time It Costs to Write

The most common question I’m asked about my books is, “How long did it take you to write them?” The second most common question: “What is your writing routine like?” I usually hesitate to answer either of these questions because I suspect they’re another way for a writer to compare …

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Exciting Adventure!

Flickr Creative Commons: Mike Boenig Photography It makes you think of movie trailers from the CinemaScope era, the words splashed rapidly left to right across the wide theater screen: Exciting Adventure!  The font is 3-D to emphasize the scope and depth of the soon to be released Exciting Adventure! It …

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