If you were to read Heart-Shaped Box, you might not be surprised to learn that author Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. It contains several elements often found in his father’s work. Unfortunately, one of those elements is a convenient, unsatisfying ending.
The book is crafted to appear as if an outsider moves to the quaint Georgia city of Savannah, meets some locals, learns their stories, gets to know them, and it’s all fun and games until someone gets shot.
There’s nothing about State of Wonder that would have spurred me to read it other than my daughter’s answer when I asked for a good book to read. Now, if you ask me, “Read any good books lately?” I have one for you.
Stephen King: “…one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century.”
Wall Street Journal: “…widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written.”
Me: “Umm, no.”
Every Wednesday Randi Wisoff-Fields posts a picture prompt challenging writers to create a 100-word story, poem, or whatever works for you. After posting your work on your blog, go back to her site and add your link on her Friday Fictioneers post. Place. Page.
Every once in a while, an image “speaks” to you. Here’s one. It’s a group flash fiction exercise. Give it a shot. You might like it.
Haven’t tried flash fiction photo prompts in a while, but if you’re into it – there’s no place like Friday Fictioneers.
Too many writers quit, and that could allow less talented people to get published more often. Each time a writer quits pitching, it allows someone else’s manuscript to get into the hands of an agent or publisher. Maybe you’re just not ready yet.
You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.
“Bad boy, staring at my legs like that.” She pushed the toe of her shoe against his shoulder, rocking him gently. “That’s what gets you into trouble. First you’re staring. Then touching. Then. Well, then you go too far is all, and then I have to clean up the mess.”