Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning 


Source: Millions Of Houses Left Abandoned This Morning – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

How is your satire? Could you come up with a great headline like this?

Think of something obvious and spin it in a different way. Try it with a few ideas. It’s not easy but gets better once you get the hang of it.

Start just by changing a few words on the headline from the Onion:

Millions of Cows Robbed of Milk this Morning

School Children Sent Home at the End of the Day

Apples Found, not Far from the Tree



Fairy Tales and Sub Genres

This is a great list. I haven’t heard of all of these, most of them, but not all. As a reader do you like to pin down your style of fiction or does it matter more when you are writing it?

  • Cyberpunk

  • Dystopian

  • Erotica

  • Spy Thriller

  • Southern Gothic

  • Satire

  • Urban Fantasy

  • Space Horror

  • Space Opera

  • Young Adult Contemporary

  • “Grimdark” Fantasy

  • Psychological Horror

  • Hard Sci-Fi

  • Slasher Film

  • Ecothriller

  • Sword & Sorcery

  • Lovecraftian

  • Zombie Apocalypse

  • Superhero

  • Detective

via Flash Fiction Challenge: Fairy Tales, Remixed « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

I’m the Undead Optimist

I made a silly post to Twitter:

Yesterday I couldn’t write cause my toes were too cold. Today my nose is stuffed up. At least things are looking up! I’m Undead Optimist.

Kind of optimistic satire. I’m sure there is a literary term for this, I don’t know it but I don’t doubt it’s out there.

Can you write something silly and twisted, backhanded optimism? Post it to Twitter, see if anyone notices.

Jonathan Swift

  • And surely one of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid…
  • Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.
  • Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
  • The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
  • Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.
  • May you live all the days of your life. – Jonathan Swift

All quotes from Jonathan Swift. My favourite is the last one. You can also read his satire, A Modest Proposal.

Satire in One Sentence

If the soup was as warm as the wine, if the wine was as old as the turkey, if the turkey had breasts like the maid, it would have been a fine dinner.  – Duncan Hines was a U.S. pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers. He is best known today for the brand of food products that bears his name.

I never really thought about Duncan Hines being a real person behind the cake mix. Turns out he and his wife were restaurant reviewers. I went looking for more about him and found the quote above. It’s nice satire. Can you write satire in one sentence?