Flickr Creative Commons: x1kllma For some writers itâs an image: A grief-broken man cradling his dead son. For other writers itâs a sentence or a title: âThe Time Travelerâs Wife.â For yet others itâs a character, or characters, who pop into your head all at once. Theyâre all the sparks …Read More »
Itâs dusk. Outside, I can see the sky burning a deep red above the wasteland. The slit they call a window is a good six feet above the cool stone beneath my feet. Iâd be able to look straight out of it if I werenât restricted by the chains. Iâm …Read More »
Write fiction for long enough, and eventually youâre going to land on a storyline that requires you to address a sexual relationship between characters. If you write in a sweet, mannerly style in which sex only happens once all major story questions and conflicts are addressed, you might get …Read More »
» Secrets Untold Within the Deep Heart by Jane Doe Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
Gaze at my eyes. What do you see? The sunny amounts of happiness will first warm your heart. But then, you’ll be able to tell. Because only time will tell, shedding layers of my fake life. The dark, deep midnight of the core of my soul can be seen from …Read More »
Sean MacEntee “Empathy” Creative Commons A few years ago I went to visit a friend I’d not seen in a while to say a quick hello on my way to a lunch. I was dressed in my favorite jeans and top, and I even wore makeup and managed to blow-dry …Read More »
» Because I Haven’t Got the Legs for Dancing by Mike Calahan Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
Why do I write? Content continues after advertisement I’ve been asked to explain this on more than one occasion, often in a Yuletide forum by relatives who want only what’s best for me. These questions are presented with a roll of the eye or an unassuming furrowed brow and often …Read More »
photo adapted / Horia Varlan For an outsider, life is a lock to be picked. It’s human nature to want in, and gain the acceptance that will let us rest easy in our skins. Outsiders become keen observers of how the walls between them and others are built, and how …Read More »
Bob lit up a smoke, and wondered what was next. He had been sitting there all day in front of the computer, pretending to do other things, putting off actually having to be creative. Which was strange considering, the thing he desired most was to be truly creative. Content continues …Read More »
Masha and the Bear by Meg Hunt A few weeks ago, Dave King posted a marvelous piece here concerning lessons to be learned about creating surprise by analyzing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically his Fantasia and Fugue in A minor. In the comments following the piece, I remarked …Read More »
» Snippet of a Peace Among Fools by Sabrina Walls Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.
Such a shame, a brilliant mind like that. So sad he’ll never talk again. What a grand life he led, full of promise â until the accident. Damn fools. All of them. Accident indeed! Had but one of them truly paid attention, he would have known that nothing I do …Read More »