Last week, I posted on Facebook that moonShine review accepted two of my short stories for publication. Among the comments, one friend wrote, "Finally!" I chuckled over this because I realized she thought this was my first published story. It's not, but I loved her for her enthusiasm. Then, I thought about the two stories accepted by moonShine review . Gentle Snow might be one of my best stories. I had never submitted it before because I wanted to choose the right publication. And I was right; they wanted it. That felt good because the other story, Pieces , plagued me for years. While working on my Master's degree in 2004, I wrote Pieces for a creative writing class. The professor had urged me to veer from my genre writing and try to write something literary. The result was Pieces , a fictionalized account of a horrific event during my first marriage. When the class critiqued my story, I received positive comments from the teacher and my classmates,
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Last year, one of my short stories appeared in Stupefying Stories and soon after they asked me to be a first reader of their submissions. As I gained valuable insight from this experience, I began to recognize common problems in the stories I read. When I commented on the most common one, lack of a story arc, to the editor, Bruce Bethke, he suggested I write a post about it for their blog. So this week, I'm guest blogging about story arcs for Stupefying Stories. Do you know what a story arc is? Check it out on Stupefying Stories' blog site. Here's the link: The Story Arc: Without One, Your Roof Caves In . Please drop by and leave a comment.