Featured writer week 6

This week’s featured writer/story is Drowning my Sorrows by Jeanette Williams

‘I reached for the table but it slipped away. Elbowing the chrome chair didn’t work either, I tried to get a grip and it scraped away from me…’

Jeanette conveys a very subtle, yet rending sensation of grief and hysteria. The character’s emotions seem wild and almost insane, until you look back at the title and their state of mind clicks into place. Really well done in so few words, and a very moving read.

 

Please take a moment to read Drowning my Sorrows and leave Jeanette some feedback.

 

Read the other entries here:

Week #1 :: Week #2 :: Week #3 :: Week #4 :: Week #5 :: Week #6

Wednesday Write-in #6


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

 

Prompts

drowning  ::  spin  ::  say please  ::  curled  ::  back to front

Guidelines

There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some brief guidelines:

  • You can use the prompts as inspiration or try to work them into your story somehow. Use as many as you want.
  • When your story is done, post it online (your blog/twitter/in a comment here), tag with #wednesdaywritein and comment with a link so we can read it. You can write as many stories as you like.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you can.

Featured Story

We’ll feature our favourite story on the blog with a review of it and links to the author’s blog/twitter/facebook if relevant.

Posts will generally go up at 9am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

Rewards

We’ll keep track of who takes part in the write-ins, and you earn points for different things.

  • Take part in a write-in = 1 point.
  • Comment on other people’s stories = 1 point.
  • Share/reblog this post = 1 point.

When you reach ten points the editing team will give detailed feedback on a story of your choice. This only counts for separate sessions—so if you write five stories for one write-in, that counts as one, and if you share on both facebook and twitter, that’s one.

 

Please look for us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the write-ins, or click the follow button to get blog updates!

Don’t forget to read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

Featured Story week 5 – Tree House by Becca Audra

Featured writer this week: Becca Audra!

This little piece definitely betrays Rebecca’s poetic background, straying from the reality of difficult teenage years into a wild magical realism where a girl becomes part of the natural world around her. We really enjoyed how this evoked childhood; a sense of loneliness and isolation, translating it into a literal isolation from her peers. Keep writing, Becca!

On another note, Becca you have also reached ten WWI points this week – let us know if you want us to concrit a story for you!

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Had to have a think about today’s story for the Wednesday Write-in. I was pretty stuck on the sounds of the words this week, ‘stretched, tree house, tooth, tracks’, all the t’s and r’s and h’s really playing on my mind. Call me a poet.

So last week was an empty house, and this week the tree house prompt was where I began. I wanted to write a story about an apple tree, but it didn’t work out. One of the prompts last week was hunger, and that seems to be recurring this week.  I also had to mention ‘tracks’, it’s been a popular prompt so far with other people’s stories. Here is what did come out:

 

It was a step to cross. A large step that required jeans and balance. There was a moment you trembled on the mossy stones before your hands could clutch at the tree. You would…

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Wednesday Write-in #5


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

This is the new feature on the blog which we’ll be running every week from now on to allow all of us writers to practise our skills, and get chatting to each other about our work.

Prompts

stretched  ::  tooth  ::  pullover  ::  tracks  ::  treehouse

Guidelines

There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some brief guidelines:

  • You can use the prompts as inspiration or try to work them into your story somehow. Use as many as you want.
  • When your story is done, post it online (your blog/twitter/in a comment here), tag with #wednesdaywritein and comment with a link so we can read it. You can write as many stories as you like.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you can.

Featured Story

We’ll feature our favourite story on the blog with a review of it and links to the author’s blog/twitter/facebook if relevant.

Posts will generally go up at 9am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

Rewards

We’ll keep track of who takes part in the write-ins, and you earn points for different things.

  • Take part in a write-in = 1 point.
  • Comment on other people’s stories = 1 point.
  • Share/reblog this post = 1 point.

When you reach ten points the editing team will give detailed feedback on a story of your choice. This only counts for separate sessions—so if you write five stories for one write-in, that counts as one, and if you share on both facebook and twitter, that’s one. We might give an extra point if you comment on everyone’s stories, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Please look for us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the write-ins, or click the follow button to get blog updates!

Don’t forget to read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

This and that

Wednesday Write-in

Just a reminder that our increasingly popular write-in returns tomorrow. Prompts up at 8am – don’t forget to share with your friends!

Congratulations are in order for the following authors who’ve already passed ten points! Well done to Jacky Hillary, Craig Towsley, Louise Gibney and Rebecca Dudley!

Get in touch with us at cake.shortandsweet@gmail.com if any of you have a short piece of writing you’d like some constructive criticism on.

 

Next issue

We’re taking a hiatus for September and hope to publish issue 5 at the start of October. This is a reminder that submissions for Issue 6 are due by Thursday 20/9. The optional theme is Thought.

Good luck, and see you tomorrow!

MorgEn Bailey - Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Writing Guru

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of her flash fiction magazine, is brought to you by Sarah Grace Logan.

Want to publish your own short stories? This is what I did.

What it is.

After two years of creative drought, in April this year I decided it was time to start writing again.

I’d heard of a group that published short stories in local cafés the year before, but when I went to look they’d stopped running. So, I decided to just publish my own.

The idea behind it is to take great short stories and put them in front of the public. We deliver them to independent cafés and a library, the idea being that they are enjoyed with a tea or coffee, like a slice of cake.

You can download our previous issues free here.

Starting CAKE

As submissions started to come in, I realised…

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