When “Borrowing” Ideas Goes Wrong

Now, I’m all for a literary heist. I borrow ideas all the time, from all over, but I make it a point not to stop once the idea has been borrowed. After all, coming up with a “new and different” idea isn’t the same as coming up with a good one.

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Prompt #15

Write a story where something ordinary to your protagonist appears extraordinary to someone else.

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How Writers Screw Up Tough Women

The amount of writers who unwittingly fall into this category drives me bananas. The worst part? A lot of it comes down to lazy and unimaginative writing.

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Love Delayed by Cynthia King

Our very first short story submission comes courtesy of Cynthia King from Upstate New York. She’s a reading, writing, mom of two (mostly) functioning adults with dreams of one day publishing a full-length novel. “Love Delayed” is a romance that takes place over 24 hours.

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Prompt #14

Write a love story that begins and ends over 24 hours.

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The Lullaby

No one knew. No one ever saw it. But I heard it. To this day, I swear it: the box would sing.

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07302020

…he told me I shouldn’t have broken his watch.

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Silver Teeth

Long before the diamond ever landed in modern possession, it belonged to a man named Gregory Stratford. At that time, it was not part of a ring, but rather the main facet of a decorative hair comb made for his favorite daughter’s 26th birthday.

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Moira’s Microfiction Challenge

I’ll be posting (hopefully daily) stories. Make sure to subscribe with your email to have them sent straight to your inbox so you never miss one!

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