Welcome to 2021 and a new series of Classic Author features. A lot of these stories are older ones you might not have read before, since many of our Classic Authors aren't active on the site anymore. Enjoy this year's features starting with Gabriel Morgan's short story, Days of Farewell, as we say farewell (and good riddance! to 2020). It's all about the goodbye.
Length: 705 words
Description: A Short Story. Thanks to John Mellencamp for the title and story prompt.
Every now and then, when writing one of my stories, I find myself trying to demonstrate a point that might not be recognized fully without a specific example or short dialogue surrounding it. As I always say, it's better to 'show' than to 'tell' in your stories. Sometimes, the point being made is just for the sake of a scene or two, or for the development of a certain character arc. And other times, that one point might be the sobering moment of my entire project. The true theme of it all, and t
Have you ever completed a story that you were truly proud of writing, that got a standing ovation from your readers and fans, and became one of the shining gems in your body of work? If so, let me add to the giant round of applause and congratulate you on creating something truly special for everyone to absorb and keep close to their hearts for years to come. It's not an easy task, believe me. So take pride in the moment.
Sometimes the success of something that you've previously written, al
Monday I featured Sara Alva's short story, Dare. Did you read it? It's just 5k, a story of friends, fun... what more could you want to take a break from your life right now? A holiday time out, a reminder of summer to come if the cold is sapping you, or even just because those memories of carefree days can be so fun to head back to.
And that's just why I picked this excerpt. Did you ever play Truth or Dare? The swing is one thing... but were you ever this dumb?
Want to know what ha
EDWARD’S CHRISTMAS ROAST
Edward sat at the head of the table and looked around at the assembled guests. To his right was his partner Romel.
“What can I say about my beloved partner of fifteen beautiful years? He’s a dedicated nurse and I know how good he is because he regularly gives me a through internal examination with is instrument.”
“Now Craig is also a nurse, but of course I can’t testify to his professional abilities in the ward. He can, however, give a very c
Now, while many readers that get truly involved with the stories we write online are mostly involved in the sometimes exaggerated drama of the situations we put our main characters through...I feel that it is often the tension delivered in a few key scenes, sprinkled here and there throughout, that truly captivates a reader's attention and brings them to the edge of their seats. It's this grinding on the nerves, along with a few tugs on the heart strings, that can really allow your audience to l
December 8th, 1980...
A true musical icon was gunned down by his ′number one fan′, according to his assassin. Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon that night by shooting him in the back, and this was not long after he had just given him a personal autograph earlier in the day. And he didn′t run afterward. Instead...he sat on the curb, and read from J D Salinger′s novel, ′A Catcher In The Rye′. A book that he says inspired his heinous act. One of the saddest day
My community reputation has reached 1000! Yay for big numbers going up!
I've been having a blast writing on this site so far and I have more plans to come. An update for Spare Me Your Alpha Nonsense is coming around the bend next. That ones been waiting for a chapter.
I'm also thinking of starting something like a Horror short story anthology series. Each chapter will be its own standalone story. I do enjoy writing horror and I haven't flexed those particular muscles on this site jus
While an extended story with multiple chapters and layers of depth may give a writer enough breathing room to truly build and explore the lives and personalities of the characters they′ve brought to life, I think it′s still a good practice to occasionally go back to writing short, self contained, stories to keep that particular part of their creative muscle strong. Short stories and flash fiction can teach you things than the ′wide open canvas′ style of writing can′t. It can help you to focus yo
Whether you are using an auto correct program on your laptop or PC, or whether you have readers constantly pointing out some of the same errors in your stories, chapter after chapter...there comes a time when you need to take an honest look at your writing and your bad habits...and make yourself a ′low-light′ reel for yourself.
This is the opposite of a highlight reel, where you look at what you′re really good at and examine the best parts of what it is you do. That′s a good thing to do, an
So half the world celebrates the holidays in the heat. So while this story isn't a holiday tale, I couldn't help but pick a story that features a group of friends and some summer-time fun. This snack-sized tidbit is just right for this busy time of year for readers to enjoy too!
Description: Mark always takes a dare.
A Reader said: This was just a wonderful story, written very well. And I loved the ending! You are really really good at this. ~ Toast
Anyone who has ever read any of my personal story reviews of another author's story will almost always find a common theme popping up in my critique. Whether it's said in a positive or negative way, I am constantly pushing for people to give more and more detail in their work. (As a suggestion, of course.) Not in every single scene that they write about, but in a few choice scenes that I find myself wanting to dive deeper into as a reader. Now, that's just my opinion, and writers can take it or
Raise your hand if you′ve been on a roller coaster before! Hehehe, I′m just kidding. It′s the internet, I can′t see you raising your hand! Trust me, if I could set up spy cameras around you, it would be in the shower...not next to your laptop! ::Giggles::
Seriously, though...when riding a roller coaster, you experience certain peaks and valleys. You slow down in certain sections of the ride, left anticipating the next big ′dip′ with baited breath...and then everything speeds up and races t
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To All The Members And Guests Of GA
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Forget Me Not
Kevin and Steve tumbled into bed after a heavy night drinking. They made a clumsy attempt at sex, but when that failed they rolled together and slept soundly until just after sunrise. Kevin started tossing and turning so much it awoke Steve who looked towards Kevin, listened to his unintelligible mutterings and became concerned by his increasingly frantic movements.
“Hey buddy, what’s happening?” Steve asked as he shook Kevin awake.
“Mmm...what...oh this is terrible.
What is sex appeal?
Take a moment and really think about that. What is it that we find ′sexy′ about the people we dream about? Now, not everybody writes romance or sexually themed stories online, but that doesn′t mean that your characters don′t have some sort of appeal to them that acts as a direct interest to your main character. What is it that draws your protagonist in? What is the bait? Why this particular boy over all others? Today...we′re talking about sex appeal. What it is, what it
Your eye color conundrum resonates with me. Heaven knows I’ve screwed up some aspect of character continuity often enough only to be gently corrected by a kind beta reader. As for the oceans, well, cartography is changeable. I learned the oceans differently to those you named, so I must be showing my age.
I can totally relate to the eye color thing. I've gone back and scoured chapters before because I knew I mentioned it and didn't want to get it wrong. So I feel your pain! As far as the oceans go... well, I would say you're well ahead of the majority of Americans, some of which can't even locate the Pacific or the Atlantic, or even know if they live on the East or West coast... And yes, that was an actual conversation I had with a friend of mine in COLLEGE
You poor baby! Noah needs to kiss it and make it better so you don't stress yourself out too much! Tell him I said so! hehehe Even though him doing that might bring you more pleasure and take you away from GA for awhile, but it will be worth it! hehehe Just take a slow cleansing breath and let that and the love of your life help you get through all the laughable things you have forgotten and you will be good. We can wait! Your needs need to be taken care of first and ours last. We will be fine!
Well you know I am all in....Hell you could write about toilet paper and I would read it!!! Seriously, I have a lot of time on my retired hands and I love reading your stories... I don't know what it is but I can just get into your stories, journal entries, blog... It's such a captivating read for me. It is so easy for me to lose myself in your works. Hours will have past and I'll think to myself "where the hell did the time go?". Love the deer shifter!! Another new concept from an awe ins
This story is a masterclass in short story writing. The descriptions, emotions, characterization... everything packs a punch in an economy of words. It's well worth taking the time to read. After passing me a tissue...