The Short Story Experience: CANYON MOON

Connor walked alone. It was dark, cold, and deserted. The only sounds disturbing the crisp silence were his feet shuffling on the gravel and the occasional chattering of his teeth. He wasn’t ready to go back, though. Going back would mean defeat. It would mean he was wrong, and if there was one thing Connor hated, it was being wrong. So, he went on. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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#FlashFriday Explained: NOT TODAY

As I mentioned many times before, music is my greatest inspiration for writing. Often, when I’m feeling stuck in a particular part of a story, I find the answer in songs. In Welcome to New York, I found out what was Alana’s “secret” after listening to She’s Not Mine, by Sara Beirelles. In Once in a Lifetime, one of the relationships is heavily based on Outside, by Catfish and the Bottlemen. I even directly stole a line from the song for one of the scenes. My next novel, Beautifully Unfinished, was born from the first four verses of Breathe Again, by Sara Bareilles. Last year, I started a series on my Twitter and Instagram (hey, follow me there!) where I post a very short story — aka flash — based on one of my favorite songs. Not only it’s a great writing exercise, but it’s fun, too! I thought it would be also fun to try to use it to explain my writing process, so that’s what I’m going to do here. Hopefully, I won’t bore you to death! We’ll see. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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HOW MANY WORDS?

Remember at the beginning of the year I made a post about my bujo? And in that post, I included a picture of my writing track for 2019? You can read it here, but I’ll also tell you — my goal for this year was to write 150k words. I kind of surpassed it a liiiitle bit. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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