So excited to find my microflash in Wigleaf ("Little Darling") featured in the ABC's of Flash series at SPRY LITERARY JOURNAL. In a craft essay ("Q is for Quiet") by Cathy Ulrich, one of my all-time favorite flash writers! I love her advice here too:
"Q is for quiet, for the spaces between the words. In music, you’re taught play the rests. That the moments of silence are just as important as the moments of sound. … Look at Jacqueline Doyle’s powerhouse story in Wigleaf, Little Darling.
Her opening lines: It was my idea. Not his.
Those five little words. Only one of them has more than one syllable.
There is a story in those words, and in the quiet between them.
The best flash writers are the ones playing the rests, letting the readers fill in those moments of silence with their own music, their own story.
Master those quiet moments, those unsaid things. Your writing will be stronger for it."
A "powerhouse story." I'm just bowled over.