The Short Story Experience: LIVING THINGS

You were running through the trees. You were far in the middle of the woods, your usual track long lost. You wouldn’t give up, though. You were decided you wouldn’t go down without a fight. Or, at least, a last attempt at fleeing. Your lungs were burning and you could smell their stench—they were getting closer. That was when you stumbled upon a clearing, a tall building sitting in the middle of it. You didn’t have time to assess what it looked like or whether it was safe to enter. You just rounded it until you found a hole through which you could slip inside. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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The Short Story Experience: THE BOSS

“And, now, for our greatest achievement of the year,” Damon paused dramatically. I had to fight the urge to roll my eyes. “Please give a round of applause to Carmen.” Everyone cheered as she stepped in front of the team. It was clear she was beloved by everyone. Well, almost everyone. “For the twelfth consecutive month, this branch of Middle of Nowhere turned in the highest revenue ever.” Everyone clapped louder. “All thanks to your brilliant manager, Carmen.” Excuse me, I thought. All thanks to the team that worked here, right? She might have been the first one in and the last one out, but Carmen didn’t work on her own. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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EXPLAINING MY WRITING PROCESS THROUGH SONGS

If you’ve been here for a while, you might know by now that I take most of my writing inspiration from songs. I’ve talked about how all my story ideas come from songs, and I even have the #FlashFriday thing, which is solely based on music. What you might not know is that I rely on songs to solve plot problems, as well. Let me walk you through some practical examples. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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