The Beautiful Baggage Of Backstory

Backstory is such a juicy element of story, it’s too bad it’s got such a bad rap. Sure, it can fill a plot hole, juice up a reveal, give us an “aha!” moment. Think of Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, “She’s my daughter, she’s my sister, she’s my daughter and my sister.” A single line of dialogue that changes everything. A great backstory, including that one, presents us with the heart of the matter. We know that having a big opening can grab our … Read More »

RPLA and You

“Are you entering the Royal Palm Literary Award competition for the first time?” I asked. “I am. I’m so excited,” the aspiring novelist said. “Do you know how they choose a winner?” “The one with the most points wins, I guess.” This brief conversation happened following a writing group meeting a couple of weeks ago. It might help those of you considering participating in the competition to understand how you will be judged. Your work will not be viewed in … Read More »

Call for Submissions

We welcome submissions to The Florida Writer from members of the Florida Writers Association. The next deadline is coming right up. Share your writing with more than 1,300 subscribers. What to Submit Celebrations Let’s celebrate your writing successes together. Marking a milestone in your writing career? Members who have good news to share about their writing-related accomplishments should send announcements for publication. Write a one-paragraph announcement in third person Type “Celebrations” in the subject line of your submission email One … Read More »

Writing Conference Season Begins

With the holidays in the proverbial rearview mirror and a new year ahead, are you ready to write? Ready to improve your writing? If you made a resolution to work harder or get serious about writing, the Florida Writer’s Association conference season begins January 17 with the 2nd Annual Short Shorts Mini-conference in Venice. The event at the Bentley’s Boutique Hotel will feature three tracks (some conferences call them continuing classes): magazine article writing, poetry, and short fiction, including flash. The … Read More »

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