Bradbury Revision Challenge Day 7

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 7

Poem: Playing The Telephone Game

Story : What Once Housed a Family and On Finding My Childhood Home on Zillow

Essay: The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg The Opening Point

And Not a Novel A Memoir in Pieces Jenny ErpenbeckTime


The poem is interesting to me today because it is about a concept one of the stories I am revising hinges on: the game of telephone. We used to play it in the car with our kids and the crazy sentences that came out it were hilarious. I like how this poem plays with language and the sounds. It is a poem that cries to be read out loud.

I love this little story, but I am not a fan of the title. I keep trying to read it and stumbling over it. After reading this story, and the one below it I suddenly remembered the address of my childhood home. I looked it up and saw the remodeled pictures. I am not sure this story will inspire a revision, but it will inspire a new story. I warn you this story may lead you to an internet search of all the houses you have lived in before. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

NG talks about those flashes of moments that come to us and we don’t always understand them. Sometimes they are ideas or feelings we are running from. Those are the moments that we need to write about.

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!

###We start the Fabulous Flash Fiction Class on Wednesday!! Join us for a generative class with a casual atmosphere of community and writing! Registration details here.

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