Friday, June 15, 2018

TWIC:flash fiction and submissions, make them read, mississippi

Flash Fiction Challenge. Entries due by July 12. Some of the rules:
The Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments in 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge. When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group. Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here). After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge.
I've been starting a lot of books and not finishing them. Kathy Perow looks at what makes readers finish their books.
Blurb: I get BookBub’s daily email notice in several categories: Biographies and Memoirs, Cozy Mysteries, History, Mysteries, Non-Fiction and Thrillers. I always go through their recommendations carefully. If a book cover and category appeal to me I’ll read the description, but as soon as I see the words “zany,” “hilarious romp,” or “suspicious ex-boyfriend,” in the blurb, I move on.
Covers do count. I prefer they have some relationship to the content of the book and not be second rate mock-ups of 1950’s illustrations. If the blurb passes muster I go on in and check Amazon.
I love the “Look Inside.” Nothing, but nothing, is more important than the ability to read a few pages before committing to a book, Kindle Unlimited or paid.
Not really creativity in the normal sense that I post about but I love this 2 inch wide, 11 foot long map of the Mississippi River. In rereading American Gods, I learned about Cairo on the Mississippi; here it is:

Via Kottke.
A book map describing the facets of a person's personality (Youtube video).

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