Friday, December 2, 2016

Hot Flash Friday: Order a copy of Freeze Frame TODAY



Read the headlines: ever wonder what’s behind them. The newspaper is full of real
stories that at some point might alter or connect with our own story. Think tsunami, school
closing, threat of e. coli in lettuce. Maybe not right away, but in a year flotsam will hit our
western shores, the price of a BLT will go up, and the nice lady down the street will lose her
job at the elementary school. A lot of what occurs in our life might fall under the header of
observation, without conclusion or closure. Walt Disney was right: It’s a small world after
all.

Ernest (the auto-correct keeps wanting to change it to earnest!) Hemingway had a
background in journalism. In Our Time places small vignettes between longer stories such as
“Big Two-Hearted River.” I’m not sure what he meant by doing this. Perhaps they were
palate cleansers, you know like eating cheese or grapes between courses. As a foreign
correspondent, he would eventually report on the Greco-Turkish population exchange, The
Spanish Civil War, and, was embedded with the 22nd Infantry Regiment during World War
II, present at D-Day and for the liberation of Paris. Quite a few of the inter-chapter pieces
were vignettes of his war experiences written in the journalistic-style without bias, comment,
or the hint of hindsight. Much like Frank O’Hara did twenty-five years later, he composed
flash from what he simply observed.

EXERCISE: What’s in the news? Using a headline as a prompt, write a flash. This can be
strictly memoir (See “Lana Turner has collapsed” by Frank O’Hara, mentioned earlier) or you
can take any headline and place yourself there as a reporter and write fictionally what you
see. Or, perhaps, a headline such as School Closures, affects you—write your flash as an
opinion (op-ed) piece. An artist after 9/11 created a word collage based upon the weather
report for that day memorable blue-sky day.


Today's Hot Flash is lifted entirely from Freeze Frame: How to Write Flash Memoir, my eBook available EVERYWHERE. Oder it today.*
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