new short stories

Honing talent one week at a time

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re chugging along through January. Here in Central Illinois, we’ve had some bitterly cold days but the temperatures will warm up later this week. Everything’s relative, right? So when the temperature was minus-7 this morning, and I look at the weather for the week and see a high of 38 for Saturday, I think, “Wow, look at how high it gets.” 😀

One thing that definitely keeps me warm is my writing, reading, and editing, all of which I get to do on a daily basis in pursuit of my dream: to be a published novelist. Some days I feel like the waking hours go by in a blur, but that’s because I know that in addition to talent a person has to have perseverance. That’s what makes dreams come true, above anything else. Talent, though, is a really good starting point, even if we’re not always sure where it comes from. But even the greatest of artists say that’s okay, as in this week’s motivational quote:

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”—Maya Angelou

Speaking of perseverance, here’s an excerpt from this week’s new short fiction:

“Sorry, duckling. If the paps don’t get a day off, neither do you. They’ve been hanging out by the front gate ever since that video of you and Nathan went viral.”

She winced. “So that wasn’t a dream? Oh, god…”

“Nope, not a dream,” Ronnie said, and Alisha could tell without seeing his face that he was peeved. “What were you thinking, Ali?”

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of this week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Find out on Wednesday what I thought of The Tenant by Katrine Engberg. You’ll see that review up on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

And at the end of this week, we’re back to parenting adventures. Teenage-dom has hit our house hard. Find out how on Friday on Growth Chart.

Have a lovely week, readers!


Back on track (I hope :D)

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Hello, Write Edge readers, and happy Monday! I’m back at my desk and ready to tackle the next step in my writing journey. That includes non-revision work for my novel (a query, a synopsis, researching agents, and trying really hard not to pester my beta readers as they graciously take time out of their lives to read my book and tell me what they think.)

That last part is especially hard for me. I want to be an author with a published book so badly I can practically feel it in my teeth. I think I’ve made considerable strides toward that goal, and I’ll certainly tackle that subject in more detail when we celebrate the anniversary of The Write Edge. But even when I’m not talking about it with anyone else, it’s a goal that always sits on my shoulder. In the end, I have to remind myself of the reason for writing in the first place. It’s the same of any arts-related field, and this week’s motivational quote goes right to the heart of it.

“Writing, regardless of the end result—whether good or bad, published or not—means celebrating beauty in an often ugly world.”—Mary Karr, author, The Art of Memoir

One of the positives of not working on the book directly comes in the fact that I can redirect my creative energy to my short fiction again. I’ve posted this week’s short story; here’s an excerpt.

Curious, I dropped the box cutter in the pocket of my store-issued vest and went to the front of the store. No one else seemed to care one way about the way the dawn broke. Shouldn’t it have mattered to someone, I thought.

Read the full story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

This week I’ll have a brand new book review for you of a book that releases tomorrow. When I first heard about Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, I requested it because the book is set in North Carolina and anything in the Carolinas catches my eye right away. (You know what they say about taking the girl out of the south but not the south out of the girl. :D) Find out on Wednesday what I thought of the novel on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

Then on Friday it’s back to Instagram and the visual side of my life as an author and a mom/wife/reader/friend/person. Check that out at the end of the week with my handle, @EktaRGarg.

Have a fantastic week, readers!