Once a Day by Kristi Rose

“This will help you dance,” Mother said as she bound Rosalette’s knees and ankles with sparkling pink silk wraps. The long silks from her knees attached to the table underneath her, the same table she’d lay on when Dr. Richter had visited the home to check on her health. Although it had been sometime sinceContinue reading “Once a Day by Kristi Rose”

Favorite lines from my novel Balloon Days

When Howard looked up, Elliott held a look of care and sorrow, each green eye a forest floor of emotions. And in that moment, he could see she knew heartbreak too. Happiness was letting yourself be fully thrown into life with the ones you love, in not only the special moments but the ordinary onesContinue reading “Favorite lines from my novel Balloon Days”

Short Story: The Writer’s Block

Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest Annual Competition for 2020 A deep sigh escapes my lungs, enough to fog a window, and I’m surprised it isn’t a fire-red haze tinted by fury. My tawny cat meows and rubs against my leg. My fist knocks at my forehead. As usual, nothing is flowing out of me, nothingnothingnothing.Continue reading “Short Story: The Writer’s Block”

Release Subconscious Writer’s Block

Conscious writer’s block can indicate executive functioning issues and/or lack of interest, anxiety, burn-out, or depression. Subconscious block would look like perfectionism and limiting beliefs robbing you from just going for it. It’s important to release the words and the story within you without judging it or constantly scrutinizing every word choice or sentence structureContinue reading “Release Subconscious Writer’s Block”

Tips on Writing Characters with Depression

First: What is depression? Think of depression as a brain and body hibernation, tainted by shame. When your character feels stuck, and/or has a biological predisposition of depression in their genes, a state of depression can set in. Unless you are writing about certain historical periods, modern day humans are hardly given permission to pauseContinue reading “Tips on Writing Characters with Depression”

Crafting Anxious Characters

Before I go on to ramble, let me point out that mental health and mental illness are vastly different. It is akin to physical health; a diagnosis may or may not exist even if your character neglects her health. Health is the umbrella word under which mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, financial, and cognitive health fallContinue reading “Crafting Anxious Characters”

Benefits & Risks of Writing Mentally Ill Characters

In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be fitting to discuss weaving in mental illness throughout creative fiction writing, whether it is a diagnosis of your MC or a side character, at the forefront or not. In a lot of films, novels, and shows, a diagnosis is often portrayed without itContinue reading “Benefits & Risks of Writing Mentally Ill Characters”

Flash Fiction: Stretch Your Style

This piece is a flash fiction style I tried out for fun. It is about inner yearning, and the soul’s need for nourishment beyond the mundane or superficial stuff that our egos become consumed by. Branching out taught me to never limit yourself to one genre or style of writing. Expand your boundaries or getContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Stretch Your Style”

Lessons of Character Creation

I have learned: Do not base it off someone you know. Instead, a character is best if molded by a myriad of someones, including strangers, such as unique mannerisms, facial expressions, reactions, but if you attempt to use someone you already know, you are a) not taking advantage of your imagination; b) you will becomeContinue reading “Lessons of Character Creation”