Doll :: Flash Fiction

There was a small girl who sat across the road. She used to play with a doll having a twisted arm. She often invited me to come and play along. I wanted to visit her some day and gift her a new doll. She was very poor, a beggar who sat there with her mother. I crossed her often, and she used to wave at me, holding the doll with the twisted arm. One fine day, I bought a new doll, but when I went to the spot, there was no one around. A shopkeeper told me: they were long gone.


Meet the Author

Preeti Singh is an Indian French Interpreter and Media Professional who is engaged in writing scripts; in her free time she loves to play sundry characters for television series.

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My Biggest Mistake as a Beginning Writer :: Writer Wednesday with Dennis Hensley

As a high school senior at age eighteen, I knew I wanted to be a professional writer. The problem was, I didn’t know anyone who was a professional writer. I didn’t know any editors or literary agents or publishers, either.

So, I committed a terrible mistake and tried to make it on my own.

As I tell my college writing students today, “Freelance doesn’t mean you work alone, and it doesn’t mean you work for free.”

Although I majored in English in college, my literature teachers knew nothing about copyright laws, manuscript marketing, book proposals, or movie options. As a result, I sent out manuscripts to a wide variety of publications with large and small circulations, and I spent years getting mostly rejections slips and not knowing why. Finally—more by fool luck than on purpose—I had a chance meeting with a literary agent who took pity on me and agreed to spend ten minutes reading some of my sample manuscripts.

The man was absolutely vicious. He pulled out a red pen and bloodied my pages as he admonished me, “No, no, no! Never type your titles in all capital letters. Never leave a right or left margin that isn’t at least one inch wide. Never have two speakers use dialogue in the same paragraph.” On and on he railed and slashed and criticized, all the while rolling his eyes and shaking his head at my incompetence.

That was simultaneously the saddest and the happiest day of my writing career. It was devastating because I could see that for years no one had looked at anything I’d written and considered it professional. However, it was joyful because at least now I knew what I was doing wrong, and I could start doing things right.

After that eye-opening experience, I immediately joined a writers club so I could be taught by people who were in the game. Additionally, I started attending writers conferences so I could network with editors and agents—the key people who could bring me into the big leagues of publishing.

In time, I became a newspaper columnist, then a successful magazine freelance writer, then a contributing editor with five magazines, and finally the author of dozens of books.

The writing business is not all that different from other businesses. Here are the keys to success when you start out:

  1. Establish a network of contacts—via referrals or internships or club memberships—who are already successful in the field you want to enter.
  2. Find mentors who will offer advice, critique your work and give feedback, and guide you in setting your career goals.
  3. Seek guidance from distant experts by reading books, listening to audio training recordings, and viewing educational videos.

Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Don’t go it alone. Get connected.

This micro lesson is adapted from Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects by Dennis E. Hensley, Ph.D. , with Diana Savage (Bold Vision Books, 2017). All rights reserved.

Want a great place to connect with other writers, hone your craft, and even meet Doc Hensley? Join Splickety in February at the annual Florida Christian Writers Conference. If you’re a pastor, you can get $100 off with code PASTOR at checkout.

Don’t miss Doc’s flash fiction piece Forward Progression!


Dennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., is a professor of communication at Taylor University and a columnist for Christian Communicator magazine. His more than 60 published books include Finding Success with Your Dream Writing Projects with Diana Savage (Bold Vision Books) and Jesus in the 9 to 5 (AMG Publishers). He is a recipient of the Elisabeth Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Speaking and the Indiana University Award for Teaching Excellence.


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Editor’s Corner with Splickety Staff Resolutions

Still trying to tighten up those writer’s goals for 2017? While you’re un-tightening your belt from all the holiday hoopla? Here’s what the Splickety staff is working on–this and world domination of course.

My 2017 writing resolutions are to bolster my marketing plan for Scarlet Moon, finish edits for my publisher on the two remaining books in the series. Complete edits for my other publisher on a different novel, write a new novel by April, and maybe one more by the end of the year! Oh, and better my craft, of course! –Sarah Grimm, Lead Editor

Finish rewriting and publish THE TEARS OF CHRIST, finish and publish HALF LIFE, finish and publish SCREAMING SOULS, and hope ELIJAH does well enough to start work on a sequel. –The Underground Shadow, our anonymous Havok Production Manager

Finish editing my collaborative novel with Ben Wolf and commit my gothic steampunk proposal to the winds of fate. –Andrew Winch, Executive Editor

Plan on getting my fantasy series edited and hopefully Book 1 out by the end of the year. –JJ Johnson, Social Media

I plan to start work on an Anthology, and continue working on my first novel. I also plan on writing a serial for my website. –Josh Smith, Associate Acquisitions Editor

Edit my sci-fi manuscript. I’m kinda scared to go back and look at it. And write regularly on my book blog. –Lauren Hildebrand, Splickety Magazine Associate Editor

Outline my manuscript. It’s a small step in the overall scheme of things, but it’s also my first, so I’m trying to ease into it. –Cassidy Clayton, Proofreader and Blog Associate Editor

Publish my YA novel. Market said novel. Become a millionaire in the first six months after book goes on the market. Hey, if you’re going to set goals, set them high. –Dawn Ford, Operations

I’m going to finish editing my contemporary romance and get at least the first draft done of my historical romance. I’m also hoping Harlequin will acquire one or two of my contemporaries. –Kim Duffy, Splickety Love Editor

Finish my second novel, start and maybe finish the third. Pitch to my publisher. But most of all, enjoy the September launch of my first! –Lindsey Brackett, Blog Editor

So what are you writing this year? Stuck for ideas? Check out our submission guidelines. You may be less than 1000 words away from a great story.

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