Coming Attractions: Dice and Dash, Loose Morals

Posted: June 26, 2011 in fiction, Reading, storytelling, Writing
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I first read Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” when I was in 6th grade. I confess I didn’t totally understand everything in it at the time, much to the relief of my parents and the nuns at St. John Vianney who caught me reading it. But I understood enough of what was going on to know it was a really good story.

They call it reading comprehension. We’re tested on it in school from the time we learn to read. How well do you understand what you’re reading? What do you take away from the story when you’re done? If you were asked to relate the whole story to someone who’s never read it so they understand it as if they had, could you do it? Two new features coming soon to Hot off the Wire explore the possibilities.

Dice and Dash: Quick Classics for Readers on the Go

We’re a society on the move and readers have to grab their literary fixes when they can. In Dice and Dash, favorite stories will be streamlined into quick reads with the whole tale told in 50 words or less. A great exercise for writers, a quick fix for readers, and a unique way to see how well the story can be told when every word literally counts. While I’ll be sharpening up my pencil to do most of the dicing, if you have a Dice and Dash entry you’d like to share, please do!

Loose Morals: Literary Lessons in Less than 30 Seconds

Every story has a moral, whether it’s evident or not. Loose Morals asks “what did I really get from this story”? The answer is pared down to a quick quip that can be shared in less than half a minute. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always enlightening. And, if you don’t mind others knowing about your Loose Morals, feel free to post a comment!

Be watching for these new writing experiences coming in the weeks ahead.

  1. Looking forward to reading “Loose Morals”, Kelly!

  2. Thanks, Rita! Can’t wait to see what we come up with.

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