Bradbury Revision Challenge Day 6

Each day in June I will follow Ray Bradbury’s MFA schedule of reading a poem, a short story, and an essay with the intention of revising a story already in my drive.

I will share my reflections along the way.

I welcome your comments and insights as well! I also welcome any recommendations you would like to share with me.

Day 6

Poem: The Shortest Night

Story :

Essay: The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg What is Writing Practice

And Not a Novel A Memoir in Pieces Jenny Erpenbeck


There is so much I love about this Victoria Wang poem. It is short and punchy. You can reread it several times because it is so short. The last line resonates with me strongly.

NG’s essay outlines her writing practice rules that I have written about several times.

  1. Keep your hand moving.
  2. Feel free to write badly.
  3. Be specific.
  4. Lose control.

Her last line? Put your life on the line.

Sherrie Flick recently became one of my favorite flash writers. I was introduced to her work during a Flash Fiction Festival and have been devouring her stories. She is a master at endings. This story is in a respected publication and has a lot of food in it. I am hoping to take a class with her sometime in the near future.

Kathy Fish also is hosting her reunion this weekend so I am thrilled to have new prompts from her. Kathy has a great newsletter and she is working on a book which I will preorder as soon as I am able!

I would love to know your thoughts about these pieces or writing in general!

Feel free to leave a comment or question. Let’s have a conversation!

###There are a few more days to sign up for my Fabulous Flash Fiction Class! Join us for a generative class with a casual atmosphere of community and writing! Registration details here.

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