Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Meat’ by Michael Conroy

Does the beef salute the butcher as it throbs to its knees?Clive Barker Meat Written by Michael Conroy He awoke in darkness to the smell of bleach. Mattress springs creaked under his weight, and he felt a cold burning sensation deep in his sinuses. He rolled onto his stomach and planted his hands down on... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Chalk’ by Andrew Slinde

People just... disappear[...]Bret Easton Ellis Andrew Slinde is a screenwriter, novelist, and general purveyor of strange fiction. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa and cohabitates with three apex predators. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSlinde Chalk Written by Andrew Slinde Monday: There was a chalk mark on my door. Nothing special, just an X. Who put... Continue Reading →

‘Book Inflation’ and Author-Editor Relationships

I write like fat ladies diet.Stephen King In 1914, poets TS Eliot and Ezra Pound met while living as exiles in Europe, and their famous friendship went on to produce one of the defining masterpieces of Modernist poetry. Eliot's 'The Waste Land', in its final form, was first published in literary magazine The Criterion [October... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘The Things We Left Behind’ by Michael Lacare

There was nowhere to go but everywhere [...]Jack Kerouac Michael Lacare is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The Rumpus, Able Muse, and Salon. He lives in Florida with his wife Lori where he spends his time writing and drinking copious amounts of black coffee. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeLacare. The Things... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Empty Space’ by Zach Murphy

Dogs are our link to paradise. [...] To sit with a dog on a hillside [...] is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.Milan Kundera Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film and screenwriting. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘In the Eyes’ by Michael Conroy

 The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.Salvador DalíManaging creativity can be a crushing task for even the most accomplished writers. Trying to make sense of your thoughts, to draw out a compelling idea, can prove a very troublesome task. This is where... Continue Reading →

Crime Fiction | ‘Roman Noir’ and Hardboiled Private Eyes

You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep [...], oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. Far more a part of it... Continue Reading →

Humour, Narrative Perspective, and Meaning | Margaret Atwood and Xiaolu Guo

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. Horace Walpole For Jonathan Swift, writing humour, or rather satire, is as simple as a pair of bellows blowing wind up a dog's rear end until, at last, the poor thing explodes. (Have tastes changed all that much?) But fiction... Continue Reading →

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