Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday

Here’s your Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday opening sentence.


The wheels turned beneath ___________________ as he/she pedaled up the imposing hill, sweat gathering on her/his forehead like ____________________.


The “Rules”

  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Finish the story in 1,000 words.
  • Post your story in the comments section below by the next Friday for everyone to enjoy. Be proud of your work!

We’ll review all submissions near the end of the year and will select winners to be published in the first Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction ebook*.

Sending you mad writing mojo….

Johnnie
XXXX


**Winners will be based on adherence to length; originality; and a clear beginning, middle, and end. Plot not necessary – can explore a memory, a thought, or an emotion. Twists and surprise endings are a plus.

Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday

Here’s your Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday opening sentence.


____________ and _____________ wrapped the broken glass in a ______________-soaked newspaper and placed it on top of the garbage.


The “Rules”

  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Finish the story in 1,000 words.
  • Post your story in the comments section below by the next Friday for everyone to enjoy. Be proud of your work!

We’ll review all submissions near the end of the year and will select winners to be published in the first Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction ebook*.

Sending you mad writing mojo….

Johnnie
XXXX


**Winners will be based on adherence to length; originality; and a clear beginning, middle, and end. Plot not necessary – can explore a memory, a thought, or an emotion. Twists and surprise endings are a plus.

Who’s the Most Important “Character” in your Non-Fiction Book?

When we think of the word “character,” we usually think of fiction writing. I use this word to describe the most important PEOPLE in your book, and in the non-fiction, self-help / how-to category, this is your audience.

But wait, you might be thinking… that’s a whole lot of people. That’s not a character.

Of course. We all hope that when your book gets published you have a hefty audience and that book sales go through the roof.

But before you can get there, you have to boil down your audience visions more specifically. By a lot.

I often have Discovery Calls with potential clients to learn about their book ideas and dreams and to see if what I offer can help them in some way. One of the first questions I ask is: “Who is your audience?” In almost every case, the response is: “Anyone who wants to [fill in the blank with the topic of their book]”.

The problem with this response is that it’s too vague.

As I tell them, if you’re going to write a non-fiction book, especially one that falls into the self-help/how-to category, you need to create an avatar or a persona, as it’s often referred to in the design/marketing world. In the book world, this is the Ideal Reader. Think of it as the Ideal Client of your business.

The next response I hear from most entrepreneurs and business owners is: “I already know who my ideal client is.”

Maybe. But it’s important to revisit because this Ideal Reader may be slightly different from your Ideal Client. Also, I’ve found that many people haven’t gone deep enough or have only thought demographically or psychographically when determining their ideal client.

Another response I get is: “I don’t want to exclude anyone.” Or “I want to be sure I appeal to as many people as possible.”

The crazy thing is – and I know it sounds counter-intuitive – the more specific you can get – like, down to ONE person specific – the more appeal you’ll have to more people. When you get uber precise about a SINGLE Ideal Reader, your appeal becomes more universal. Because you get into the heart and soul of the person, which allows you to reach people you might have never included when casting a wider net.

I use a seven-level system when working with non-fiction clients to help them create a crystal-clear version of their Ideal Reader. This is essential because, as I’ve said many times over, the characters – or PEOPLE – in your writing project are the most important. And for non-fiction book writers, this is the Ideal Reader.

My method, Writing Through the Body™, is a seven-level process consisting of the following facets of personality and identity.

I AM

I FEEL

I DO

I LOVE

I SAY

I SEE

I KNOW

When we embark on the journey to delve deeply into each of these levels, we come out the other side with a profoundly deep understanding of our Ideal Reader. If our purpose is to help people transform their lives, what better way to do that than to slip into their skin and see through their lived experience.

Give these seven short prompts a try and see where it takes you.

Want to hear more about Writing Through the Body™ and how it can help with your non-fiction self-help/how-to book? Come to the Virtual COMPLIMENTARY Intro to Writing Through the Body™ workshop on Friday, April 24, 10:00AM – 12:00PM PST.

Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday

Here’s your Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday opening sentence.


_____________ petted the tattered piece of velvet, the only reminder of that day, and memories saturated her/his thoughts like a misty bog fog.


The “Rules”

  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Finish the story in 1,000 words.
  • Post your story in the comments section below by the next Friday for everyone to enjoy. Be proud of your work!

We’ll review all submissions near the end of the year and will select winners to be published in the first Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction ebook*.

Sending you mad writing mojo….

Johnnie
XXXX


**Winners will be based on adherence to length; originality; and a clear beginning, middle, and end. Plot not necessary – can explore a memory, a thought, or an emotion. Twists and surprise endings are a plus.

Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday

Here’s your Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction Friday opening sentence.


If _____________ had given a damn about ___________________ she/he would have taken the ____________________ to the _________________ long before today, just as __________________ had asked, and avoided the unfortunate encounter with ___________________.


The “Rules”

  • Fill in the blanks.
  • Finish the story in 1,000 words.
  • Post your story in the comments section below by the next Friday for everyone to enjoy. Be proud of your work!

We’ll review all submissions near the end of the year and will select winners to be published in the first Fill-in-the-Blank Flash Fiction ebook*.

Sending you mad writing mojo….

Johnnie
XXXX


**Winners will be based on adherence to length; originality; and a clear beginning, middle, and end. Plot not necessary – can explore a memory, a thought, or an emotion. Twists and surprise endings are a plus.