This Week’s Written Assignment: Flash Fiction: The Re-write

Aah the art of the re-write, always intended to be taught in High School but so many times ends up getting lost or forgotten about.

Well this week we are going to dive right in.


Go through each of the items on the submission guidelines, and check to make sure that your written piece successfully completes each column in the rubric under publishable.

Think about the following:

1. Keep the tense consistent. If you are telling this story from the past, make sure it stays in the past, unless you go back and forth, but do it with control, you are the writer here, only you can keep your story nice and tight.

2. When you re-read the piece, look at cutting the paragraphs you tend to skip over, your readers will probably do the same.

3. Avoid adverbs. Phrases like “she admitted lazily” is in fact, lazy writing.

4. Keep tension in the back of your mind. You have to give a reason for the reader to continue reading your work. If you get bored when reading it, so will they. There are ways you can increase tension.
a. in dialogue, never have people clearly communicate, in the biz, we call this “the veer”
b. if you have an object appear multiple times, the tension on that object should increase each time.
c. try to keep your poker hand from prying eyes. only you know when to reveal important information to the reader.
d. keep the reader guessing as to what motives are, etc, but always be clear. The reader should never be confused.

4. In the end go by these three rules: fiction should teach us something new, make us laugh, and break our hearts.

Turn the assignment in again into my drop box: first_name_last_name_flash_fiction_the_rewrite.doc into my drop box before Wednesday, March 18th.


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