Sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into your stories. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to balance a short story and with fantasy. There’s the detail that it takes to build an imaginary world and immerse the reader in it and then there’s the brevity of the short story. Best of wishes to you with both of your…[Read more]
Hi @corkybookworm ! Pleased to “meet” you. That takes a lot of time and commitment to track down and respond to all of the intros.
Seems like you already have two great projects underway. What are they both about?
I’m kind of in a writing rut right now. I have ideas but I’m struggling with how to bring them to life.
Example: I’ve had a poem…[Read more]
I’m an aspiring amateur poet and I have a few ideas for poetry chapbooks, but their completion is still a few years down the road.
I’d love to hear from all my poet friends here about your experiences getting poems published. If you’ve published a chapbook or book of poetry, what was the process like? What are your future plans for…[Read more]
Hey @inkling-for-christ , I agree with Daeus and Josiah. Dystopian can be a genre all its own, but oftentimes it mixes with other genres, like sci-fi. 1984, Brave New World, That Hideous Strength, Hunger Games, The Matrix, etc. follow that blend. The only other genre I think I’ve seen blended with dystopian is Western/sci-fi in Book of Eli.
I’d tend to agree with you @daeus-lamb
I’ve gotten a few poems published through magazines or literary journals and thought to myself afterwards, “I wonder if anyone actually reads these besides those who contribute to them.” And the thought of taking a book of poems to a publisher without any big awards to my name sounds like a waste of time to…[Read more]
I’d love to get a discussion going about getting published. Have you published any of your work? What was the process like? Are there publishers that you’d recommend to others in the same genre?
Also, what do you think about platform? Regardless of whether or not you’ve gotten work published what do you think about the future of…[Read more]
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for the feedback @quinn-ofallon !</p>
Do you think “Grandma’s House” or “Grandma’s Ghost” would make for better titles? If not, do you have any other ideas for me?
And I can see what you mean about the first part being kind of bland. What do you think about cutting the first line and the Lazarus line out…[Read more]
My apologies for not responding sooner. I was out of state and away from my computer this weekend.
I’d agree with the general consensus here. Story #1 gets my vote.
Hey @scribbles !
Here’s the meaning I get out of this one:
The narrator starts out hopeful in adversity, then the match and flint metaphors seem to explain how adversity can produce hope, and the last part kind of puzzles me with the word “even”.
Candles burn. That’s their thing. So the word “even” seems out of place to me unless this is a…[Read more]
Hey everyone! I have another poem to share for critiqueing.
I’ve tried publishing this one multiple times, but it’s fallen short every time. I’ve taken it to friends who are better at poetry than I am and this is the third or fourth draft from that process.
This one came from a writing prompt in the Poet’s Companion book that challenged me to…[Read more]
Hmm…what about a historical fiction short story about the British Empire using “the sun never sets on the British Empire” as a play on words?
It might be cliche, but what if we had a noteworthy British historical figure who lived to see the Empire in it’s glory days and then fall apart into the Commonwealth watching the sun set and thinking…[Read more]
Hey @brandon-miller sorry I’m a little late to the party too!
I’ve written more of a sad poem about sunset. I’ve seen a lot of happy ideas and themes around sunset here, so maybe something sad could add to the creative mix.
In the poem, I use the sun going down on the evening of autumnal equinox as a setting for a story of a family coping with…[Read more]
1) Haha nice pun! And I agree with you, there is a lot of leeway. I’ll experiment with both.
2) I guess I wanted to communicate the feeling of being a big fish in a little pond and a little fish in the ocean. When you’re the big fish, I feel like it’s really easy to feel good about yourself and where you are in life, but it’s also…[Read more]
Hi @archer360 !
It does pull me in. I want to know what happened to the sister, why only the brother can calm her down, etc. and that pushes me forward. Do you plan to answer those questions in the future or leave them as they are? I know there are different schools of thought on this, so there is no right or wrong answer. I’m just curious.
Hi @emma-starr !
I agree with @rolena-hatfield on this one. He’s made some bad decisions, but there’s an attraction to someone who’s good and in a “world of light” so he tries to bridge the gap and (it seems like) he fails.
From the line “But I’m too ruthless to be tamed,” I get the vibe that he’s not willing to give up his dark ways to get what…[Read more]
Thanks for the feedback @scribbles !
It really depends on the poem for me. Some poems have titles that come so naturally while others are harder to come up with than the poems themselves. I have a friend who numbers his poems but also has titles for most of his poems, so if he ever struggles with a title, he substitutes the number until he can…[Read more]
I’d appreciate some feedback on this free verse poem of mine. Do you think it “lands”? Does the imagery work? What do you think of the plain title? Thanks in advance!
Hey @gracelivingston , nice to “meet” you!
Sounds like you’ve got some cool ideas in the works! I’d love to see them sometime, no matter how complete they are.
The consistency struggle is real. I tend to write a poem every 2-4 weeks on a very inconsistent basis, even though I have an accountability group, though I will say they’ve really helped.…[Read more]
Thanks @kayla-joy ! I’ll be sure to do that.
I like to think that I cover a lot of genres with my poetry. I’ve written somewhat of a mythical or fantasy poem about an old Swedish woman who controls the weather with her mood swings, an everyday life poem about a family going through a divorce through the eyes of a child, and a historical fiction…[Read more]
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