Catharsis for the Reader (Step 3)

I’m sorry for the long gap since the last post. I’ve been ill but am now feeling much better. So without further ado… Catharsis is the expulsion, repulsion, or purification of toxins and impurities. Emotional catharsis can allow the release and possible transformation of many different negative feelings. These may be toxic emotions built up […]

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Writing Prompt: “Honorable Destruction”

I created this writing prompt, “”Honorable Destruction”, for the middle section of a book. Villain motivations are a powerful way to power the story. Perhaps the most potent type of villain motivation is one that the reader thinks is right, justified, or places him on high moral ground. Write a scene where the antagonist confronts […]

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Writing Prompt: “Mourner”

I created this writing prompt, “Mourner” for a reflective scene late in a character arc. Late in an arc, the character may still make mistakes but she realizes the role she plays in her choices. She tries to balance — or even counter — the negative in her life with the positive. Write a scene […]

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What Flash Fiction and Stand-Up Comedy Have In Common

No, this isn’t a joke. Flash fiction and stand-up comedy have a great deal in common. For starters, both forms are compact surprises. How do they do this?  It’s all in the set-up, the delivery, and the punch. Let’s look at each  in turn… The Set-Up The Set-up answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, […]

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