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Chichester Writers' Circle

  the meeting place for Chichester’s writers

Flash Fiction competition

We had 10 entries for the Flash Fiction competition.  The entry rules required just 200 words on the theme of srping, and there were some interesting stories with different interpretations of the word 'spring'. The entries are now being judged byTina Keller, a member of the Chichester Film Makers Club.  Results are expected next month when the winning entry will be announced.  Robbie will email all members with the name of the winnig writer, who will receive a Chichester Writer's Circle notebook prize.  

Recovery by Leslie Pardoe

'It's over!' as darkness split and evaporated and pain blossomed like a scarlet

Chrysanthemum growing and strengthening in the radiance.

            'Painkillers written up,' said an adjacent voice as he cried out. The flower

disintegrated into withered petals, fading to nothing.

           Eight beds, more nurses, an ant-heap of purposeful activity. Demands. 'Is your pain moderate or severe?' nodding at his floundering assessment. ~Breathe deeply-your Oxygen levels are dropping.' ‘Wiggle your toes.' Struggle to comply. One patient wheeled out and another wheeled in, one out, one in} one out, one in, as the darkness crept in from the corners again. 1Stay awake!' Another out, another in. The scarlet bud burst and spread again, and he gasped. 'Okay. Done,' and the blossom drooped, crumpled and vanished. Four hours then. Waiting for a bed. How long? 'Not lon&' said a foreign voice with the creak of a chair. 'Where are you from? I have friends along the road from there. They birdwatch on the marsh.' He smiled remembering the Brent geese. 'Yes! They like them too. And the egrets.' More birds lifting into sunrise, strong wings beating like a heart into spring. 'Look! You can go now. Nice knowing you.' A wave and he was back to work. The trolley jerked and moved. 'That was his coffee break,' said the porter. 'moved her lips to speak,’ -'He smiled remembering .... '

New technology in support of creative writing

Whatever your views on the use of technology to support writing, you may be interested in this new app. Software that offers help to aspiring creative writers has been around for years and there’s plenty of it about (second link below), but this is something different. It’s the only app that promises to lend you the skills of the man who wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Aptly named The Hemingway App, it works by editing your writing, helping you to make it bold and clear. It highlights overly long or complex sentences, eschews excessive adjectives, and lets you know its objection to most uses of the passive voice. Currently available only for Apple, you can try it online (first link below). Just paste in something you’re working on and edit away, or click the “Write” button to compose something new. If you see text highlighted yellow, shorten the sentence or split it. If your prose turns purple, you need shorter words. And so on. Mouse over highlighted text for hints.