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”

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”

Why Do Characters Crack from Change?

UNexpected, UNwanted change – is a universal cause for upset. I think it goes without being said, that creating relatable, full-fledged fictional characters comes from an understanding of real life humans. However, with story writing, all the mundane parts must be stripped to maintain focus. Thus, we want to see what they struggle against, andContinue reading “Why Do Characters Crack from Change?”