Ramifications of Writing a Tell-All

Brenda PerlinGuest Post
by Brenda Perlin

Writing fiction is hard. Writing fiction that is not really fiction is even more difficult. In my case, I wrote a story that is 100% from real life and hoped I could avoid being sued by changing the names. Possibly getting sued felt to be my biggest hurdle, but what I learned was that was the least of my concern.

After my book Shattered Reality (formerly known as Home Wrecker) was released, I had to confront the issue that many people were not going to be pleased with me or my story. What did I expect with such a title? There was judgment, criticism, and plenty of hatred spewed my way. Part of that disdain was from friends and family members. When you write a story about your life and go as far as to have it published for all to read, there are going to be some pretty unhappy people. Continue reading “Ramifications of Writing a Tell-All”

Flash Fiction Vote!

VOTE HEREOnce again, it’s Wednesday. That means it’s time to pick your favorite flash fiction entry from this week’s challenge. There are lots of good ones to choose from. Which one will win? That’s up to you! No pressure or anything, but the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Go ahead and take a look at this week’s entries here. Make your choice, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which author do you think had the best flash fiction entry this week?

  • Ralph L Angelo Jr (33%, 22 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (21%, 14 Votes)
  • D. John Watson (18%, 12 Votes)
  • Ann M. Piraino (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Michael Seese (9%, 6 Votes)
  • Glynis Smy (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Venkatesh Iyer (2%, 1 Votes)
  • MatoSka (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Benjamin Cook (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.


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