I’m VERY excited to announce my first short story has been published at Flash Fiction Magazine. Enjoy “Lonely Are the Free” and leave a comment: Lonely Are the Free
A triad of forces clash together when I write, and they are more often than not conflicting forces. There are times when I feel as if these forces are welling up a balloon inside of me, inflating it toward its breaking point and radiating tension into my writing process. I’m stretched among what I want to happen, what is true for my character, and what I think a reader would enjoy.
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” by Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I am a discovery writer during the beginning of my stories. I taste, smell, and see things as my main character experiences them. This approach works for me because I need the freedom to be erratic and to explore the different paths of a story when completing my initial draft. In a way, not tackling the outline first relieves the pressure of the story. I can focus more on getting lost in the woods than […]
I have a confession: I am a thief. You caught me. I extract what happens in my life to craft stories. I will gladly describe places I’ve visited and put them my stories, have my characters address problems I have faced (or my friends and family), or base chunks of dialog off real life conversations and one-liners. Of course, I dress those things up, maybe apply some foundation to further the disguise, and add a […]
I‘m drained. My eyes ache, my jaw hurts from popping every time I try to stifle a yawn, and my brain feels like it‘s been padded with wool. But I’m here. I sat in front of this damned keyboard as a small victory to celebrate my return to Creative Carnage after a two-and-a-half-year-long hiatus. Surprisingly, coming back after all that time to write a blog post has the same dynamic as when I’ve been writing […]
I’m on hiatus from Creative Carnage until December 2017. My life’s circumstances have pared down my time for writing projects to the bare minimum. What remaining time I have goes straight to working on my short story collection. I’ll be back for the holiday season cheer! Until then. -A