Prompt 1 - "It's time to go."
Prompt 2 - "Where does this bit go?"
Prompt 3 - "Grab his other foot."
Prompt 4 - "Is this yours?"
Prompt 5 - "Do you know them?"
Choose just 1 from the above
Word Limit - 100-400 - Story must be titled and the title is not included in the word count.
£2 - 1 entry per writer
You have been writing poetry ever since that first task in your writing class when you were in school. You are familiar with the rules regarding writing poetry, correct? Are there regulations? Fine, if you recurrent the poetry debates across the Internet to the extent that a few do, you’d locate that there are lots of amateur poets who obstinately claim that there are no regulations for writing poetry and if anyone even recommends reading poems or manuscripts on poetry, lots of the amateur poets will create a suspicious front.
In the opinion of many it seems to swing passionately towards the opposition. You have to be familiar with the regulations earlier than you break them; in any case that’s what it’s always said.
It is known that writing a verse in iambic pentameter is a skill that has been hidden in the crypts of the resurgence, but accepting it, together with the several other dying stopped forms of poetry, is a dominant tool as soon as writing that prosy current piece. Being a good poet demands a complicated understanding of the method in which language functions its limits into a reader’s sense of right and wrong. A poem is a medley of sounds, syncopations as well as imagery. All of the small remains of a poem ought to work mutually in a combined fashion to conclude in something new and refreshing.
Well regarding new and refreshing, you might be unsure how understanding such old features of poetry such as rhyme and meter might assist a modern poet craft new refreshing poems. It is all in relation to the sound and the novelty of it. Yet scientists rest on the shoulders of persons before them. You are not required to manage an ideal rhyme or a considered foot in a poem to be leaping from the motivation of Shakespeare’s sonnets, but including those rhymes and rhythms tottering in and out of the crumples in your brain will mail an incredibly subtle vibration of sound in the course of your personal pieces.
In summing up, study, study, study, know the regulations, and subsequently break the regulations. Decency helps you satisfy breaking them.
Here are a few references to assist you along the path:
The performance of Poetry: by Robin Behn
Writing verse: by Robert Wallace as well as Michelle Boisseau
A Poetry Manual: by Mary Oliver
(c) Ricky Hussey
When I wrote my recently released science fiction novel, Flight From Eden, I truly believed that I was writing a work of mere science fiction. I thought it was trashy, purely commercial adventure, bearing no relation whatever to reality.
Now I'm not so sure. The subconscious mind works in mysterious ways. Even 'way back in 1994, when I finished the original first draft of Flight From Eden, I'd already seen our federal government's appalling abuse of military and police power near Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and in Waco, Texas - the latter being fairly close to home for me.
I was not a political activist back in those days. I was just a mousy writer and computer nerd who sat very still, very quietly and hoped that the nasty three-letter Feds would stay far, far away from me. But I am sure those television scenes were working on me at some subliminal level while I was writing Flight From Eden - because even in those days, had someone burst into my second floor bedroom at night, already shooting, the way we all saw ATF do that awful night at Mt. Carmel, this very law-abiding lady would have done her absolute damnedest to send them straight to Hell in a pine box. Would that have been a crime? Not in my opinion, although I do suspect that several three-letter federal organizations would have a very different opinion.
In any event, I probably wouldn't have survived such an event long enough for my opinion to have mattered. You see, the only tool I had to defend myself in those days was a little five-shot Chief, with one little five-shot re-loader. A simple mathematical matter of insufficient ammunition. I've considerably more (and considerably bigger) ammo these days - although I doubt that any individual is going to be able to match the firepower of SWAT or the Feds - but the carnage would certainly be memorable.
If my government wants a word with me, let me gently point out that it really is much simpler and pleasanter to knock. I am much milder of manner than poor, dead David Koresh, and I am quite sure even he would have offered coffee and conversation while your three-letter thugs tossed Mt. Carmel. Hell, I might pass out some pretty decent cookies while you toss my house. Be a real shame to pass those up.
But don't - I repeat here for absolute clarity, do NOT - come through my door or window shooting. The result will be much too ghastly to contemplate for every single party concerned, no doubt including me.
Are we in a police state right now? That's an interesting question. I believe we are, although I'd be hard pressed to prove it as yet. But that is the problem with police states. They never happen all at once. They happen very gradually, over lots and lots of time, and most folks never even notice until it is far, far too late. My stepfather is a Holocaust survivor - a damned lucky one - who was a fifteen year old kid actually living in Vienna on the night of Hitler's invasion. Did his family see it coming? Of course not! They were uneasy, but if they had really known what was coming, they would have hauled ass long before they did.
Well, I'm uneasy now, right here in these United States. Very, very uneasy. And getting more so.
Flight From Eden is about a religious dictatorship, and the real life United States has separation of Church and State - or does it? Can anyone name for me one single public address made by President Bush that does not mention God more than once? What? Not even one?
How about the man who is to enforce all these wonderful new laws, Attorney General John Ashcroft? C'mon, guys, just one speech. That's all I ask.
Hell, Ashcroft is such a complete religious nutcase, he's offended by a giant brass teat!
So am I going to "haul ass" out of the United States? No! My stepfather's family was already disarmed and helpless when they became uneasy about the Nazis. I am sure as Hell not disarmed, and "helpless" is a state of mind I refuse to acknowledge. This is my country, and I love it, and I'm going to get it back, come Hell or high water. But I am just a little pressed for time. You see, if we are to get our country back using non-violent means - "non-violent" meaning words and the political process - we are definitely running out of time. History has shown that these police state things always reach a kind of critical mass sooner or later. Once that happens, only blood will end it.
We can't afford to let that happen!
I can't speak for my readers, but I am definitely not anxious to take up a new career as a member of some rebel militia. Even if I did not have a moral and ethical reluctance to kill save in the last extremity of self-defense, the retirement benefits really, really suck.
On top of which, if only one person, or two or three, or ten, starts the shooting, the three-letter Feds will use it as an excuse to try to disarm us. The operative word here being "try."
If that happens, blood will run ankle deep in the streets of every city and town in the United States! I guarantee it!
To be honest, I am afraid that is exactly what is going to happen. I'm no crazier than the next gal. I certainly don't want it to happen! I don't want to spend the last miserable days of my life killing young cops and/or soldiers, running and hiding from government troops, and burying my friends. But if we are going to prevent that nightmare, we do need to act now, and we need to act together.
It's time to get off your fat asses, people. It's stop to stop drinking that beer and eating those pretzels. It's time to write your representatives - daily - and let them know how pissed off you really are. It's time to let some professional politicians know that they are going to be out of a job - and probably unemployable and sleeping under a bridge - if they won't start doing what you elected them to do right now. It's time to march in the streets and wave signs - even get arrested if that's what it takes. Be as obnoxious as you can!
Refuse - always non-violently - to give up your rights and your liberties. Teach your children what America should be - don't leave it to the schools to brainwash them into accepting any "New World Order." Help them to understand that governments are just governments - only individuals can give up their liberties, and when they do, they might as well be dead. Teach them from real books, not the watered down pap that won't mention freedom, or the U.S. Constitution, or the founding fathers. Hell, they won't even use the word "war" in the schools anymore, and I've actually met several high school kids who'd never heard of Patrick Henry!
Of course, Henry would probably be locked up as a dangerous subversive today. Our leaders don't want any "Give me liberty, or give me death" ideas reaching our youngsters. Really scary stuff.
And since when has World War II become the "second global conflict"? My real father (who served during that "conflict"!) must be revolving in his grave!
Find those candidates who are not professional politicians. They do exist, because a lot of Americans are scared and unhappy with the status quo right now. Find them, volunteer your time and money - go stump door to door for them if you have to. These people are a treasure beyond price. They are our only - and I do mean our only - hope, Help them win!
Work with other organizations! My first loyalty is to Armed Females of America. I am the Texas Director, because this organization is about what I believe in, right down the line.
Yes, I am angry with the NRA for surrendering my rights for more than 35 years! But, dammit, they are 80 million strong, and most of the rank and file members are no fonder of compromise than I am!
Second Amendment Sisters also compromises more than I like. But, dammit, 95% of the time, we are allies!
The Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus is right down the line with every single thing that Armed Females of America stands for! It was founded by L. Neil Smith, the best (and most vocal) friend the Second Amendment folks have ever had.
The Brady idiots can work together - so why can't the gun people? We'd better learn, and quickly, too, or we are sunk, sunk, sunk!
Persuade your community to do what a couple of others have done - vote your city or town or even just your neighborhood into a "U.N. Free Zone." What a wonderful way to send a global message!
Own as many, and as lethal, firearms as you legally can. I do not suggest you use them. The very existence of an extremely large and well-armed populace has always been enough to give our government serious pause when it considers mistreating its citizens, and we have no reason to believe it won't work this time.
Wake up, people! Defense against tyranny was always the reason for the Second Amendment! Self-defense is a good thing. Prevention of crime is a good thing. But the real reason the right to keep and bear arms was considered sacred by the founding fathers of this country was to prevent tyranny! Nothing has changed today, except of course that the folks who want to control your lives (and not to your benefit!) are trying to deprive you of this right. Gee, I wonder why that would be . . .
Could it possibly be that they are trying to prevent large, leaky holes from appearing in their various anatomies?
I hear it from people every day. You're afraid these tactics won't work. Horse manure! The tactics I describe here ended the Vietnam war when our leaders most emphatically did not want said very profitable war to end - and without starting a civil war in the process - although I admit that we did come dangerously close a time or two.
Were there casualties? You bet there were! Most were on or near college campuses, as a matter of fact - kids the age of most combat soldiers the world over. Will there be casualties this time? Yes, there are sure to be. Will there be deaths? I truly hope not, but the lessons of history all say there will be. Can't handle that idea? I pity you.
I might even be one of those casualties myself. Or worse from my point of view, I could end up with yearly tax audits for the rest of my miserable days.
But I cannot - and I damned well will not! - sit here and do nothing while I watch the country I love wither and die from within.
My personal hero, Thomas Jefferson, once said: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure."
So let's start spreading a little of that smelly stuff around, folks. It's time to cultivate a big, fat tree!
(c) Kathryn A. Graham
At a tiny 5'1", Kathryn A. Graham is a licensed private investigator, pilot, aircraft mechanic and handgun instructor in Texas. Also a prolific author, she has written numerous articles, short stories and a science fiction novel.
In setting out to write a short story, it doesn't hurt to know that the short story is a fairly young form, dating back only to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his 1837 book Twice-told Tales. For Edgar Allan Poe, who called them "prose tales," the fact that short stories could be read in a single sitting was key to the form. It allowed the reader to have an uninterrupted experience of the fictional world.
As a recent genre, the short story has few formal elements that are not shared with the novel. The challenge for the short-story writer lies in developing the major elements of fiction — character, plot, theme, point of view, etc. — in about ten to twenty-five pages. (The cut-off for most journals is 10,000 words.) To meet this challenge, short-story writers generally follow, consciously or unconsciously, a pretty standard list of rules.
1. Use Few Characters and Stick to One Point of View
You simply will not have room for more than one or two round characters. Find economical ways to characterize your protagonist, and describe minor characters briefly.
Having only one or two protagonists naturally limits your opportunities to switch perspectives. Even if you're tempted to try it, you will have trouble fully realizing, in a balanced way, more than one point of view. (Click here for information on choosing a point of view.)
2. Limit the Time Frame When You Write a Short Story
Though some short-story writers do jump around in time, your story has the biggest chance of success if you limit the time frame as much as possible. It's unrealistic to cover years of a character's life in twenty-five pages. (Even a month might be a challenge.) By limiting the time period, you allow more focus on the events that are included in the narrative.
3. Be Selective
As with poetry, the short story requires discipline and editing. Every line should either build character or advance the action. If it doesn't do one of these two things, it has to go. William Faulkner was right to advise writers to kill their darlings. This advice is especially important for short-story writers.
4. Follow Conventional Story Structure
The standard rules of narrative we all learned in our high school literature classes apply to writers as well. Though you may not have room to hit every element of traditional plot structure, know that a story is roughly composed of exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and denouement. However much you experiment with form, something has to happen in the story (or at least the reader has to feel as though something has happened). Things like conflict and resolution achieve this effect. Storytelling may seem magical, but the building blocks are actually very concrete.
As with any type of writing, the beginning and the end are the most important parts. Make sure your first and last lines are the strongest in the story.
5. Know When to Break the Rules
As with all rules, these are made to be broken. Alexander Steele points out in his introduction to the Gotham Writers' Workshop's Fiction Gallery that the short story lends itself to experimentation precisely because it is short: structural experiments that couldn't be sustained for three hundred pages can work beautifully for fifteen.
And today, the lines between genres such as the short story and the poem are blurred in exciting ways.
Keep in mind, however, that telling your story is still the most important thing. If breaking a rule allows you to tell your story more effectively, by all means, break it. Otherwise, think twice, or at least be honest with yourself if the innovation fails.
Following these rules should help you complete your stories successfully. If you find that your story overflows these boundaries no matter what you do, consider expanding it into a novel. The short story isn't for every story — or for every writer. For more on this, see Six Signs Your Short Story Wants to Be a Novel.
(c) Ginny Wiehardt
Writers writing about writing may seem to be a highly conceited act. Since I am not reeaaally a writer, or at least I don't claim myself to be one, I guess me giving tips on writing can be taken casually. Preferably with a pinch of salt. I may not have contributed much to the world of print but I do know a thing or two about being a connoisseur for writing. Apart from blogging and writing articles currently, I used to write award winning poems and short stories during my earlier days.
Overtime everyone develops a style of doing something; anything. For writing, I know I have a certain style by now, though there is way too much room for polishing up.
The initial stage is the creative process which is something that we do not need to understand. There is nothing to understand because creativity does not have to make sense.
Creativity starts with a feeling. The kind of feeling to do something on an instinct. Artists, just like writers, start off by doing a piece of work randomly. It may not make any sense for a start, but at most times it triggers off a new idea in the artist's mind to create something creative. Same thing happens to writers, initial works may be shown the path to recycle bins but end up being useful by sparking off something of value in the writer's mind. Probably that is why recycle bins are named as such, to be recycled. Anyway, once we get an idea, we have to grab it quickly, just like grabbing a seat in an extremely crowded bus, and hold on to it in order to use it.
The creative process may seem complex. To ease the complexity we can simply develop the good old habit of reading. Actually not can, but we should read. Unless we read, we can't write. It is as simple as it gets.
The next simple, or maybe not so simple, task is to write frequently. As frequently as possible as much as time permits. Okay that seemed like a redundant statement but you get the point. The more we write the lesser the chances of getting a writer's block. When I mention writer's block, I don't mean getting some column to write in a magazine but I am refering to a mental block in terms of writing. The more we write, the more we learn to write in a fluid manner and develop a style of our own along the way if we have not got one already.
As we continue writing, we will slowly discover our voice. When that happens, we get to know about ourselves better.
Oh and one more thing, of course the nitty gritty details like grammar and spelling errors have to be avoided. That's right, totally avoided. For people like me *ahem*, it has become a habit long ago but that is because I made sure I was conscious of that. Proofreading is of high importance. Proofreading one more time after proofreading is of high recommendation. Most people don't enjoy it but fortunately I do.
Speaking of which, I just got to know some time back that there is actually a job for proofreading alone. Hmm, I am seriously considering it. Anyway, if you find the above useful, try it. If you don't, hmmPsychology Articles, try it anyway because there is something to be gained along the way I am sure.
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Closing Date: 19th November
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