Your Week 3 prompt.

Write a story or poem of up to 500 words, or 12 lines for a poem, using the prompt image of Liz Williams' sculpture "In Love" -- linked from here -- as a prompt. [source: Nillumbik Shire Council, used as part of its 2014 Ekphrasis Poetry Award] * [Feature image by Achim Scholty from Pixabay.]

Your Week 2 prompt.

Write a 500-word story (or less), using the prompt: "{A}, a novelist, meets personally in real life a fictitious character from one of his/her stories." where {A} is the protagonist. [source: Plotto, via Tin House's blog, The Open Bar, in November 2016] * [Featured image by Zichuan Han from Pexels.]

Cut it up.

For children, I think that the act of being creative is similar to having fun or being happy: leave them to themselves, and they just do it. On Sundays when I was young and bored, I would seek out the gossip page from the TV guide and draw pen lines through the columns. My one, self-imposed rule …

Tiny tales.

Lydia Davis has a Man Booker Prize-winning ability to contract a story into its minutest form. And Ernest Hemingway, famous for his concise style, is oft credited with the following six-word story: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." I think the value of very tiny tales is in their ability to slice through aspects of …