Tag Archives: Catherine Krahe

A Week of Prompts

The Alpha application deadline is fast approaching, and that means at least a few people are panicking. Is the story good enough? I should write another– but I don’t have any ideas! Everything is ruined! Don’t worry! Really, try to give yourself some breathing room. At Alpha, everyone writes a story in about a week.… Read More »

Then stop.

One of the tough parts about writing short stories, especially if you’re used to reading novels or series instead, is that short stories stop. How does one accomplish this feat? You need an ending. More than that, you need a good ending. The ending, like every other part of a story, does several things. One,… Read More »

What Do I Do Now?

You wrote the story. You edited the story. You scrapped it. You rewrote it. You edited the story again. You asked friends for input, then ignored them. You continued editing. You cut, you cut, you cut. You asked friends for input and listened to them. You put it into proper manuscript format. You sent it… Read More »

I Meant to Do That!

So I have two Rules of Writing (so far). Be specific, be intentional. Time to unpack that second one. I’ve broken it into several categories. Be intentional: Everyone plays favorites. Everyone has favorite characters and types. For a long time, almost everything I wrote involved a tall, skinny, white, redheaded female outcast. I am tall… Read More »