Week 43 of #5MinuteFiction



Our Illustrious Judge, Jen Felts, has narrowed our options down to three fantastic entries for tonight!

Voting begins now and will end at noon on Thursday. I’ll announce the winner around dinner time!

Don’t forget that Jen is kind enough to offer a free short story edit to our winner.

If you need a refresher on the fantastic stories from tonight visit this weeks #5MinuteFiction Prompt

Can’t wait to see you Thursday!

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#5MinuteFiction Week 43

Welcome to #5MinuteFiction!

We’ve had a rocky start since the transition to The Writing Network but we’re just gearing up!
This week’s fantastic guest judge is Jen Felts, Acquisitions Editor of Distinguished Press. As a fantastic prize she’s going to award the winner the prize of one free short story edit.

Quick Refresher:

#5MinuteFiction is a Fun Flash Fiction event that gives you 5 minutes to write something related to the given prompt.

Check out the prompt which will appear every Tuesday at 7:30 pm CST and spend five minutes writing the most brilliant thing ever. You have an additional ten minutes to accommodate the vagaries of relative time, technology, and the fickle internets.

The rules:

  • Your entry must contain the prompt.
  • You can write anything: any style, any genre, poetry or prose.
  • Post your entry in the comments of the prompt post no later than 7:45 pm CST.

What happens next?
The weekly judge (tonight Jen Felts) will sweat over all the entries and choose his or her five favorites, which will be announced around 9pm CST. Then it’s up to you: vote in the finalists’ poll. The winner announced at 8:00 pm CST on Thursday (the one following the event), takes all! In this case, all means intense pride and the adulation of all the participants.

A Few Notes:

  • In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box or notepad. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internets decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, check with Catrina for who to contact.
  • The host reserves the right to remove hate speech, excessive violence, or similar but usually not too picky about the other stuff.
  • This is all for fun and self-promotion. So be sure to put your twitter handle at the end of your post and a link to your blog if you have one.
  • Follow the events on GooglePlus, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag #5MinuteFiction and #5MinFic


Tonight’s Prompt is a GREAT one!

Your character takes shelter in a small cave on a mountain for the night. When he/she wakes in the morning, there’s three feet of snow on the ground. What do they do?

Go. GO. GO! 


#5MinuteFiction Guest Judge

Jen Felts is the acquisitions editor with the small publishing house, Distinguished Press. Her avid reading has led her into some incredible worlds, universes, and fun! This week she’s agreed to be a guest judge for #5MinuteFiction

Let’s get to know her a little better:

Tell us about yourself
Not much to tell. I live on a farm in a rural area and spend most of my time online, editing books.

What’s your favorite books to read?
My favorite genre is Fantasy but I will truly read anything I can get my hands on.
What draws you to editing? 
I love editing because I get to read series (my favorite stories take a long time to end), I get to help authors better learn their craft and, for me, it’s incredibly fun.
What makes a book enticing? 
An enticing story is always a well told story. Storytelling is making a book come to life in the mind of a reader. If an author can do that for me, then I want to edit their work and help get their name out in front of the public.
Where can people connect with you?
Twitter – @JenLeigh8
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Leigh/123105044450131 

You’ve offered a great gift for the authors who participate this week! A free short story edit is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who enjoys great writing!

Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow night at 7:30pm for #5MinuteFiction 

Finally back!

Everything on the regular schedule for TWN should be back to full swing this week. I’ll be posting the #5MinuteFiction judge later today, and preparing the prompt for tomorrow.


I’ll also make sure to get a Marketing post up later this week, unfortunately it won’t be today due to scheduling concerns. Also coming out this week is a network update!

Great things happening and great smiles to come!


Writing with Voice, Lending Characters a Voice & Grammar

Voice, such an elusive thing, yet it’s out there for all readers to see. I’ve seen writer’s voice compared to a singer, and I think that’s an apt description. What makes one person love a singer/writer and another hate a singer/writer?

Much like a singer, the writer has a cadence to their voice, using short sentences, long sentences, certain words, extensive descriptions or almost no description. There’s a flow to their writing that no other author can quite mimic.

Voice should never be confused with style. Keeping within the rules of grammar, a writer can arrange words in a variety of ways. Style guides focus on grammar, and grammar should always be correct for the narrator. Writers can’t brush over revisions and claim writer’s voice as an excuse. Someone once told me that you can break the rules of grammar, but not before you learn the rules of grammar.

Character voice is a little different. When using dialogue and thought process for a character, grammar rules do not always apply. Slang, rough language, and incorrect punctuation can tell a reader a lot about a character personality. Even in this case, lending a voice to a character, grammar rules must be followed, unless the errors occur within a spoken sentence or unspoken thought by the character. When breaking grammar rules for a character, a writer must also be consistent with the character personality. Grammar rules must only be broken to show a character trait the reader needs to see.

#5MinuteFiction – Wk 39 & Marketing Monday Announcement

This has been a rocky transition to The Writing Network‘s routine. Unfortunately, due to an illness that has lingered excessively since last week, both posts that would be normal by this time each week have been put on hold for this week.

Both 5MinuteFiction and Marketing Monday posts will resume on the 29th.


I am sorry for this. I’m looking forward to getting healthy and back into the swing of things again soon.


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