I'm pleased to announce that my flash fiction story "Tribute" has been published in the British e-zine Motley Press, volume one, issue three. To view the issue in PDF, click HERE. My story begins on page 10.
This piece is a cutting-room-floor rescue. It's one of six novel openings that I tried and discarded. But while it didn't fit the flow of the novel itself, I felt this short scene had something important to say about family communication. So I reworked it as a stand-alone and started shopping it around. The editors at Motley Press liked it (perhaps because of the cross-cultural issues) and the scene got new life.
Don't be too quick to give up on your "killed darlings." They may find second life if you're willing to give them some attention. Small victories like this one can be a great morale booster when novel writing feels hopelessly slow and unrewarding. I say more about the topic in the post Giving Life to Peripheral Stories.
Have you tried your hand at short fiction? Have you ever rescued a "killed darling"?
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