Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Creating Balance & Embracing Your Multipotentialite Personality

“Balance is not something you find,
It’s something you create.”

Scanner, Renaissance person, Multipotentialite...ever heard of these terms?

Of course, you must know the more common saying, ‘Jack of all trades’?

‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ said the world, But you know what they left out?

‘Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one

The world had us believe that being well-versed in multiple disciplines was a limitation or an affliction that one had to
overcome. And so, many like me, who dabbled in multiple passions as a kid, was forced to choose one path as an
adult, find their one true calling or choose a one dimensional career.

It took me years to unlearn what the world had fed me, and finally appreciate and embrace my ‘multipotentialite’
personality. A big big shout out to Emilie Wapnick, who coined this term and whose TED talk had me furiously nodding
all along.

In my transition from a 9-5 banking professional to an entrepreneur, I have had to push past many fears. A major
struggle, one that often still overwhelms me, are balancing my multiple passions. I am a freelance writer
and photographer, and building a dance start up from ground zero. Also a dancer, a blogger, by default a project
manager, and an aspiring ‘best selling author’.

Expanding. Exploring. Learning. Growing.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Flash Fiction: Telling a Story In a Few Words

A few years ago, I published my first Ebook of flash fiction on Amazon Kindle called 26. These are twenty six stories,
each written in just one day as part of a blogging challenge. And since then, I’ve fallen in love with this form of writing.
But let me admit, I didn’t know of the term ‘flash fiction’ until just a few months before I started writing them.

So, let's start with the basic question.

What is flash fiction?

The exact definition may vary, but it is the modern term used for short stories, usually under 500 words in length.
The key is, they still need to be complete stories in themselves, whatever the agreed word limit, be it 1500 or
300 words.

There are many writers who play with this theme of writing short stories; we’ve heard terms such as short-short stories,
immediate fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, the 100-word pieces, the 55-ers and the terribly tiny tales. These all
come under the umbrella of flash fiction. But the best example of flash fiction, which uses the skill of brevity to a T is,
Ernest Hemingway who gave us the six word story:

For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn
These short, swiftly written, and transient narratives can be as powerful as the complexly constructed lines of
drawn-out prose.