Last month my short (short) story got shortlisted for a prize with Retreat West. I'm delighted as I've entered this a few times and not even been long-listed and I mostly entered on a whim, thinking at least my entry fee would support the community a bit (as you can imagine, times are hard for … Continue reading Waving, not drowning
Hey there. I’m re-blogging this edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine because my story - Practically Asking For It - is in it. Do please have a look. What a kick, seeing my name in print! Practically Asking For It by Jackie Morris Nadine is shopping for a new boyfriend – she’s looking for a two-takeaways-a-week, … Continue reading Microfiction Monday – 140th Edition — Microfiction Monday Magazine
By Melissa Ballard Don’t worry. You won’t be asked to remember those three words. This is not part of a cognitive assessment. It’s how I start my …Robe, Coffee, Crossword
By Gabriela Denise Frank Can we strike shitty first draft from our vocabulary? No wants to do a shitty job at anything. Writing time is precious and …Against the Shitty First Draft
In which another Jackie nails exactly how Easter works in the UK There are certain times of year where I find my homesickness levels for England rise. One of these is the Easter weekend. I have lovely memories of …Easter in England: Bigger eggs, hot cross buns and more days orf!
Look! Going back to basics … holiday sorted 😁
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Re-blogging for the interesting observations about fragmented writing but also because I want to know more about this film. Anyone heard of it? In our Craft Section this month, Sonja Livingston explores the link between trauma and fragmented memoirs, and that unlikeliest of literary pioneers,…On Meg Tilly, Early Trauma and the Rise of the Fragmented … Continue reading On Meg Tilly, Early Trauma and the Rise of the Fragmented Memoir
Flash memoir is much more difficult than “only 750 words” suggests. As readers, we see finished pieces. Work that’s had a writing buddy or teacher or…All’s Well That Ends Well
Interviewing an author for the Brevity Podcast, I ask how his book is coming along. He says it’s terrible. He has no idea how he’ll make his way …Yes, Virginia, There Is A Sh*tty First Draft
A writer asked me: Have you ever in your work as the Unkind Editor told someone they should quit writing? Which may be another way of asking if you …Should You Quit Writing?