I was amazed by Stephen King’s memoir on writing, but am having trouble taking his advice. It’s not easy, getting into my short story for December while I let my NaNoWriMo2015 practice novel Rough Draft rest for 6 weeks (ala Stephen King: On Writing).
So I hope you all, dear readers, will help hold me to account: This Week I want to finish planning the 10k words in large: Setting, Conflict(s?), Master Scenes and Protagonist character-building.
1st question: is a short story long enough to have both external and internal conflict??
2nd q: do people bother classifying the genre for a short story?
Public Service Announcement (mostly for American citizens of voting age living in the USA at the moment) from my GoodReads book in (reading) progress:
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In Solidarity with All Kind People and PhD ( PhDresearch journal )students who share notes,
(later addition: )
(this one was published in Concrete Wolf but the magazine is now defunct…)
“Lost in a Rose”
smooth hand touches silk
on the curved red petal
hibiscus scented nectar
within conical perdition
this one got good comments in the poetry workshop, but needs polishing…
…originally written wed. 21 june 2000
A scream shatters the still night
shrill peal, reverberating off the hills
look at me it cries
remove this agony
the sword under which I labor
to see and not be heard
warn and watch chaos befall
strike in defense yet named a traitor
ever teh thorn in your side
I am the gadfly of Athens,
(edited 29 march 2001, but where???)
a favorite horse riding poem I wrote in 2002 has been lost, originally entitled ‘Steed’
later retitled ‘Motorcycle Mare’
sent to two magazines and posted on LJ but all seem lost now… oh well…
-hair flowing in the whipping wind
pressing forward together
flowing ever faster
Read, Write, Dream, Teach !
Your fundamental problem is that you do not really believe that you deserve to have good things happen to you.
Publication: “Lost in a Rose”, Concrete Wolf Poetry Quarterly
Issue Number 2