Posted by Val Fox on July 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM
Hi everyone! Welcome to the first Wednesday of every month where writers of all levels gather for a virtual blog hop to share our doubts and triumphs with one another. This monthly event is hosted by author Alex J. Cavanaugh and his talented team of co-hosts. I'll post the link to his site at the end of today's brief message. Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Today I will submit a short story for possible publication in an anthology of dystopian tales - a genre I had only seen in movies until recently. Writing a post end-of-the-world story felt intimidating but how will I learn if I don't try, right?
I've learned that when we experiment and stretch by trying something new as writers, interesting processes will often surprise and reward us.
After scanning several recommended books I came to one conclusion. Just concentrate on telling the story or let the story tell itself. A good story is where it begins and where it ends, always. Trying to write in different genres will always teach us something helpful if we give it a shot.
The following is a short excerpt from the story I will submit today to WPaD Publications, titled The Last Summer Storm.
"We can't make it back!" shouted Sofia. "Follow me down into the coulee!" Before they reached the bottom she glanced back and saw two of the horses racing back and forth along the top edge of the deep slope. Then, they vanished. The menacing cloud had swallowed them up and continued to spread in all directions. She heard their screams.
Everything we write, matters, even if it isn't published; all this practice is part of the writer's journey. Keep tapping and your writing will get better than you could have imagined.
Have a fantastic day and thanks for visiting.
Here are some early summer photos from my home in Southern Alberta.
Happy Birthday, Canada!
Rocky Mountain foothills provide prime grazing land for Alberta cattle ranchers.
Two-month-old Nahanni with her mother, Peach Monroe.
Gardening is a popular form of physical & mental therapy.
Tags: IWSG July 2014; supporting other writers; new palomino foal; dystopian fiction; speculative fiction; foothills and The Rockies; Alberta ranchland; Kainai Reservation