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Once More Unto the Breach...

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine


Persistence and Perseverance pay off. I've been published again, this time in The Corvus Review

My story, Don't Dance, starts on page 38.




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I Got Published Again!!!

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine


Hello everyone. Just thought I'd let you know. I got published again!!!! This time by Five 2 One Magazine

Check out my short story here




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Extending the Short Story

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As you might remember from last week's Fun assignment, I said to double your short story word count. In my case, I had to go from 38 to 76 words. Here's what I did:
A dank mist hung in the air as I ran my hands along the cold stone walls. Unlatching the metal gate, I exited through a secret door. The secluded passage gave way to a clearing as gleaming sunlight burst into my eyes. Cascading colors of emerald, ruby, sapphire, and amber flooded my sight as I drank in the vision of a lush and fertile garden. Warmth drenched me as the chill of dank air evaporated away.

The evolution of this narrative shows that even though individual words can change the basics remain the same. I added words and also changed or eliminated others that didn't help advance the descriptive narrative. Changing parts that don't work or just sound wrong are part of the writing process. It may be painful at times, but rewarding and fulfilling other times. Don't be afraid to try. 
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Weekend Fun #3

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If you remember last week's assignment, I said to write a short story with a word count matching your age. Now for this week, take that short story and expand it by doubling the word count. Avoid passive verbs and superfluous words. Don't worry, we'll be piecing together a good story over time. 

Next Monday I'll post up what I've come up with. Hopefully I'll be able to read some of your work as well. 





Thanks for reading.
Questions and Comments are welcome. 

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A 38 Word Short Story

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- By Douglas Clark
Exiting through a secret door down a secluded passage, gleaming sunlight burst into my eyes. Cascading colors of emerald, ruby, sapphire, and amber flooded my sight as I drank in the vision of a lush and fertile garden. 

If you remember last week's Weekend Fun, I said to write a short story where the word count has to match your age. For me, I suddenly felt the urge to write about seclusion and solitude. I also really like being outdoors. When I'm stuck inside too long I just feel trapped. I guess that's why the image of emerging from a dark place into one full of color seemed so appealing to me. 
What did you come up with? If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. It won't take that long, I promise.
Thanks for reading. Questions and comments are welcome.

Weekend Fun #2

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Okay, here's a fun little exercise. This weekend write a short story. Relax it's going to be really short. For this story, your word count has to match exactly to your age. For me, I have 38 words to tell a good story. I'd say anyone nearing 100 is going to have a way easier time than any readers in their teens. 

Good luck. I'll post my story on Monday. Give it a shot, I'd love to read what you come up with.



Thanks for reading. 
Questions and comments are welcome.