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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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» The Child Bride by Adam Moorad Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

The banquet room was dark and crowded. The walls stood dim and abyssal, wrapped in waves of glossy fabric cascading across the rippled periphery, ocean blue and glacial, like the walls of ice box covered in cold satin, glazed in indigo. Content continues after advertisement Maggie, noticing that her reception …

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Big Publisher vs Small Publisher

A big publishing house equals more clout, more marketing, more sales… right? I thought so, until I moved jobs from a small indie publisher to a publishing giant. Turns out, the answer is more nuanced than I thought. Here’s what I figured out: A bigger publisher does not mean bigger …

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