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Writing has become more than a way to make lists or keep in touch with friends. It is a vital part of who I am. For the past few years I've been writing essays, devotionals, a memoir, and several novels. I invite you to join me on this site so we can explore ways together to improve our writings. Words can be beautiful or they can be hurtful - even devastating. The well-placed word or phrase, the choice metaphor, a fresh perspective - each can add to the reader's participation in sharing the thoughts of the writer. I invite anyone who wants to improve their work or even if you have never attempted writing beyond a grocery list to return often. Feel free to add your thoughts. There are no grades given - no critics to deter you. We do this as friends - chatting over their second cup of coffee. (or tea, if you prefer.)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Writing a Short Story

Sometimes it's easier to start with a short story before attempting a full-length novel. First of all, they are fun to write. Limited characters, short plot, and no long-term commitment. And best of all, they are frequentlly diving off points to the future novel.

I started a short-short story (500 words) in a creative writing class here in Florida, and it was so much fun that I've written about ten more pages and it may end up in a book form. Who knows? In the meantime, I'm having a good time adding to it.

The thing about a short story is that it has to move quickly. No boring scenes. There simply isn't time. To read a somewhat humorous story I wrote, go to my other web-site, junesecondcup.blogspot.com. (And take that second cup with you!)


  1. Hi June! Forgive me for contacting you through your pretty blog, but you won a copy of my ebook TURTLE SOUP through the MakenWords blog. Please contact me at danithorne at yahoo dot com.

    Thank you!

  2. Hi June,
    I wrote several short stories one summer and had a blast writing them. My one daughter loved reading them instead of longer novels. I submitted them to Woman's World for their romantic story section but all were rejected.They pay $1000 per story so was disappointing. I did use the one, though, for a full length book titled WHITNEY IN CHARGE. It's published by DBP. It was fun to expand it into a book. Great post!

  3. Hi June, Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Looks like you have a good start here and I look forward to watching your progress and seeing your future endeavors.