Every now and then at 5a.m. (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest pieces, or whatever takes my fancy, and today’s is on the topic of poetry…
I’m a relatively active member of LinkedIn and get their weekly updates and on yesterday’s Aspiring Writers Promotions summary was a new link by Cathriona, mentioning her Haiku poetry tips. I write very little poetry but have written some Haiku in the past and enjoyed it… to me it’s like flash fiction – trying to boil down what you want to say to its very essence – my shortest 5pm Fiction flash fiction to-date is a 44-worder called Stuffed. Given that Haiku is generally 17 syllables long, I’m about 300% over target.
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.