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Monday, October 7, 2013

First Fiction Lessons

Happy Monday to you.

This week, I do not have a book review for you, as I am in the middle of reading several books right now.  I expect to have two reviews over the next two weeks though.  I'm close to finishing two books.

On Friday, I posted my first "flash fiction" story.  I posted other stories on the site in the past, but with Shadow's story, I wrote with a distinct beginning, middle, and end.  I tried to incorporate the lessons I learned from the free flash fiction course that Holly Lisle offers on her website, How To Think Sideways.  There are a bunch of great resources and classes on her site.

I think the hardest part of writing flash fiction is the ending.  Even though the ending is less than 10% of the words in the story (you should end a flash fiction story in less than 50 words), the ending is what gives the story meaning.  It completes the story, reveals something about the character or the world, and should answer "why am I reading this" for the reader.

I hope Shadow's ending made sense to you and that you want to see more of him.  I enjoyed creating the character and giving you a taste of him. 

The next hardest thing about flash fiction, for me, is I wanted to tell you more!  It is hard to constrain the story to around 500 words.  I'm sure many of you wonder who Shadow is, how he got in this predicament, and where he is going next.  With a story of this kind, those details have to be left out, as there isn't room to include them all. 

But, that doesn't mean I can't come back to Shadow again in the future!  I look forward to seeing where his adventures take him next time, especially since he left under messy circumstances.

I appreciate the comments on the blog and on twitter.  After taking Holly's class and learning what it takes to write flash fiction, I think I learned even more by actually going through the process and finishing a story.  I see what worked and what may have been confusing.  I can see pieces of Shadow's story I may have done differently if I were to do it over.

My next story comes this Friday.  It is a little different in tone, but I am equally excited about sharing it with you.  I hope you come back to see it soon.

I wanted to share a quick picture of my latest miniature painting.  The frost giant is not progressing as I hoped, so I decided to take a break from him and work on some monsters.  These little goblins are simple and small.  As you can see, I have the first couple colors down.  By next week, they will be complete and you'll get to see the finished product. 

Aren't they just adorable?  You can see how different they are with the giant general looming over them.

I still have over 200 miniatures to paint, so I will be busy for a long time.

Those of you into gaming miniatures, have you seen Reaper's new Kickstarter?  They are running a new drive to add even more plastic "Bones" minis to their already expansive line.  I recommend you check it out, there's a ton of great stuff there.  I can't wait to get my hands on the "gelatinous cube!"

See the Kickstarter Here

One final order of business.  I created a Facebook page.  I know some of you don't use twitter as much, but want to see my updates.  Facebook is the next best thing!  If you have suggestions on how I can make it worth your time, head on over and "Like" the page and leave a comment!

Thanks again for reading!  Don't forget to comment below or send me a note on Twitter.

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