Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Have to be This Tall to Ride

"If stories were amusement park rides, some readers would want to ride the Tower of Terror time after time, while others want to ride only the train that toodles past the duck pond and gives passengers a chance to look around."

The quote is from a guy named Bruce Holland Rogers; he writes/writes about Flash Fiction, my new best friend. It, not Bruce. Whom I don't know.

I tend to write the duck-pond story; I like my passengers to see the pretty sentences I've written and that now decorate the margins of the water. But sometimes I like to read the Tower of Terror tales -- fast, cheap and out of control.

As a writing hint, I like the quote quite a bit: which ride is your story?


  1. I like the duck pond stories with sheer drops and dark, scary caves.

  2. Personally, I like to write like a Tilt-A-Whirl.

  3. Not sure what my ride is, but, man, I could sure go for a pork chop on a stick.

  4. I appreciate all stories, but I am all about some cheap thrills. I don't re-read the duck pond stories, but I can read the action adventure ones over and over again.