The attractions haven’t exactly been well-kept secrets for a while anyhow, so think about heading our way if you get the chance. The Smiths have been here long enough now that we can point you to some good places to hike, bicycle, eat, and drink beer and wine. Just leave a comment below and ask!
If you drive, be careful and have fun. If you’re coming for the cycling, be careful and have fun.
“Writing with intent – with a solid grasp of your purpose for writing and disseminating your work – inevitably improves the end result.”
I wrote that right here a few years ago with a purpose I hope is obvious: to help other writers identify and focus on and achieve their own goals, whether those might be writing clear, informative articles, great books, persuasive essays or anything else.
Now I’m writing to share a prime example of writing with intent: Pick any Our Human Family article.
I’ve been an OHF reader for at least a couple of years now and subscribe to OHF Weekly.
Why? Because the writing overall is excellent, compelling and persuasive, and it’s focused on issues that should be important to all of us humans.
There is nothing quite like a tight deadline to focus your writing and sharpen your skills, whether it’s part of your job as a daily newspaper reporter or a self-inflicted challenge like a flash fiction contest.
I nearly talked myself out of it this time around once I saw the choices of writing prompts, which aren’t revealed until the Friday before the Sunday deadline. Having to choose between historical fiction and romance genres, which aren’t among my top favorites, I mulled it over before giving it a shot, choosing the historical route and a story that had to include:
No more than 1,000 words
A specified character: dog walker
An object: paper clip
After submitting my entry a couple of hours before the Sunday afternoon deadline, I’m confident that I now know a whole lot more about the history of paper clips and popular dog names from 100+ years ago.
I also have a new appreciation for what it takes to write historical fiction. Research, research, research, and I submitted somewhere between 500 and 600 words. Imagine writing a book in that genre! When it comes to writing fiction, I’ll stick to contemporary.
We’ll find out who wins in the multiple age categories in a few weeks. I always look forward to that, not because I expect to win – as fun as that would be – but because we all get to read a lot of flash fiction written by children as well as other adults. That’s a reward all by itself.
Please humor me while I play with the WordPress block for accepting donations from website visitors.
If you happened to see a version of this test that I accidentally published a little while ago, I apologize for that unnecessary notification. (Not that this one is really necessary, but it seems to happen when we post something, right?)
While we’re here, if you’ve used the WP block or something similar yourself and found it worthwhile, I would appreciate hearing about it. Also while we’re here, I thought I’d share an image I put together with Inkscape just now and a new arrangement of words I published just the other day on my nearby Rhyme & verse page.