Guidelines for success.

in future tense I see a home
in past tense I wonder where it went
third person, she says what went wrong
first person, I forgot the words to


an arc of beginning, middle, end
three acts muddled by human error
no awards for a life, no contract for

plot, POV, character development, story grids
I tore up all those papers or

she’d torn up all those papers

loosed them into the waters of some
undeveloped, nondescript, told-not-shown