Write for any length of time and you’ll soon realize that there really isn’t such a thing as a new story. No matter how hard we work at being completely original, any plot line or character we create will resemble something else out there that has already been done. Writers aren’t actually in the business […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Getting Things Out of Perspective"
While established writers may have more relaxed schedules, beginners typically have to balance several other jobs to pay the bills while maintaining a regular writing routine. The result? Utter exhaustion, and perhaps even burnout. If this describes you, know that you’re not alone! I currently work four jobs (not including writing), and I’ll admit that […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Managing Your High Energy Schedule"
You find yourself staring at a blank sheet of paper or an empty screen with a cursor that won’t stop its annoying habit of winking at you in your state of misery. You think, What on earth am I going to say today? We’ve all been there! Writer’s block is very real…so how can we […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Listening to Your Inner Child"
(Photo Copyright: Rich Voza) One breathtaking photo. 100 well-chosen words. The following story was submitted as part of Friday Fictioneers – a weekly fiction contest for writers to hone their skills. Find other entries by visiting https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com Final Sunset “THEY’RE COMING.” Her text message bounced onto my phone’s glowing screen, causing me to choke on […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Final Sunset”"
“The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” – Dr. Jack Finch, “Go Set a Watchman” I remember whining when my mother forced my siblings and I […]Read more "Book Review – “Go Set a Watchman”"
Understanding Springwood was a small town, but the annual Fourth of July Picnic always drew a sizeable crowd. Families from six counties stood cheering in the town square as fighter jets roared overhead, filling the air with plumes of brilliant red, white, and blue. As I stood among the roaring crowd, I couldn’t help but […]Read more "Thursday 360 – “Understanding”"
Fatherhood “Take any award-winning photos this week, Hal?” The older waitress asked her usual question as she handed over his daily cup of coffee. Usually Hal would laugh it off, but today he frowned deeply. His three year old daughter, Alaina, was running a fever today and hadn’t been allowed into daycare. He had tried […]Read more "Thursday 360 – “Fatherhood”"
One breathtaking photo. 200 words. Man vs. Nature. Happy Friday, fellow Flash Friday contestants! The world was still. Dev slowly revived, waking to a translucent calm. The air was quiet, and the sound of nothingness brought a smile to his lips. He couldn’t remember the last time he had slept so well. He rummaged around […]Read more "Flash Friday – “Still”"
A piece of flash fiction using only 4-23 words? It sounds crazy, but this is exactly what our judge over at Christian Flash Weekly has challenged us to do, using the Scripture below as inspiration. I love the way the Bible uses the image of the bride to represent the way God views the church, […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Greatest Gift”"
“A falling star!” Excitement filled Jin’s voice as he pointed at the midnight sky. His two young companions lay beside him in the grass, gazing at the glittering stars overhead. “Hurry – we must make a wish,” Hui whispered reverently. The friends closed their eyes. “I wish for the strength of a thousand men,” Jian […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “The Price of a Wish”"