Your narrator doesn’t have to be 20-something, handsome, and fit. In fact, it’s probably in your best interest if he’s not. This grandpa at his birthday party was a character we all wanted to hear more from.
I love a heavy scene. Let me feel the weight of the air, the light, the smell. This excerpt is burdened in all the right ways.
We all sighed and murmured when the writer got to this image in class. A phrase to be jealous of is a good one, indeed.
This poem was about sleeping in a hotel, but really about a love as big as the universe thanks to the sweeping metaphors.
Give the reader your most authentic voice and they’ll always turn the page.
A very wet bird alongside a very rich color description.
Here’s a character I won’t soon forget. Helping your reader visualize your world matters.
Tell the reader something honest, even if it feels trivial. Being relatable goes a long way.
Here a Fledgling illustrates how repetition can shed light on the speaker's nuanced attitude. There is something contentious about the changes happening that may seem positive to an outsider. An intriguing start to a powerful poem.
I love a story that begins with a negative comparison, something that makes you wonder, "if that's how it was how is it now?" Dreamy words from a past Fledgling participant.