Thursday 15 September 2022

#WEP August 2022 Challenge Moonlight Sonata #Winner Pat Garcia writes her #guestpost - Writing With WEP.

 Hi everyone, Denise here!

Pat Garcia won our August Challenge Moonlight Sonata with her stunning #flashfiction, Power of Touch. Those of you who read this amazing story will agree that it was unbeatable.

Badge courtesy of Olga Godim

Our judge Nick Wilford said,  Nick said - "Achingly romantic and a testament to the healing power of music. As important to the soul as to the ears."

Here is an excerpt from the ending:

Abruptly, she slowed the tempo, intentionally allowing herself to hold specific notes sustained, and closed her eyes to enjoy the timbre herself, and she felt Gianluca’s fingers walk across her waistline in beat with the piece as if he were playing the piano himself. She was happy he heard what she heard, albeit with his soul. Thankful that she’d taught him to treasure the power of hearing, not by listening but by perceiving it through touch, she smiled.



 WRITING with the WEP


Writing with the WEP is one of my classic writing tools for strengthening my voice, helping me to profile my characters and define my settings. When I started writing with the WEP, I was a passable writer and far from being an author. Although my voice was feeble, I had vision, emotions, and voice. I read craft books, but craft books neglect to tell you that writing is a process, and you won't get it overnight. Writing is a journey.

 It took me walking into a multi-colored diverse world of writers who are excellent at what they write to discover that, and the WEP has become one of the most essential tools I need to grow in my writing. This is one of the reasons I do my best to get around to every story submitted. I learn from the excellence of the author's Flash. They have already achieved something that I benefit from, whether it is a strong voice, magnificent settings, or outstanding characters. I study how they give their characters life, sink into their locations, and let their stories move me from a surface reading to an in-depth reading of their Flash. When I look back at some of the flashes I submitted in the beginning, I say, O ye… Pat, you have come a long way from your first Flash.

 The WEP is competitive. The competition is stiff. However, if you never put yourself out there and compare yourself with some of the best authors/writers around the globe, you will never hone the techniques you have read in the craft books you have, and you'll never become intimate with the depth of the voice that makes you stand out.

 I believe I am one of a tiny minority of Romance writers who participate in the WEP. I don't know. But what I do know is that my participation in this event has helped me develop characters and settings and strengthen my voice on my writer's journey, and for that, I am thankful to be a part of this group. 


Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Thank you, Pat Garcia. We are thankful to have you,  too. 

And a shout out for Pat. You can buy Pat's delightful award-winning short story, Turn the Light On HERE.


Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

A writer, singer, and musician, Pat Garcia, lives as an Expatriate on the European Continent. She is a voracious reader of literature from all genres and loves knitting, playing chess, playing her piano and watching Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes films.

A multicultural writer, she writes stories that encapsulate Romance with a mainstream touch, a sense of suspense, and fantasy.


Thank you so much Pat for your heartfelt post, and congratulations once again for your winning flash!

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#WEP Moonlight Sonata #WEPwinner  #guestpost @DeniseCCovey, @YolandaRenee, @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim @jemifraser #amwriting #writingchallenge


Our next challenge will be here before we know it! We hope many of you will consider joining us for our OCTOBER Halloween Challenge: Thriller.

We remind you: This is the Fear fest Challenge in which we ramp up the spook factor, welcoming your creepiest compositions, your most haunting and haunted tales running the gamut of paranormal, speculative, crime and horror genre. However, as always, there are no rigid rules. Feel free to write to any genre if those mentioned are not your thing. 

And, STOP PRESS! In October, there will be Amazon Gift Cards for the winners.

Here is an early TWEET! Help us promote Creepy October!

Write...Edit...Publish -- Online Writing Community: #WEP #October2022 #Thriller challenge October 19-21 #Prizes for #three #winners. Get your creepy on! #1,000words or less! #flashfiction, #nonfiction #poetry #poetrycommunity Get #feedback from professionals and peers.

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Grab yourself a prize! See you in October!

Denise for ...


  1. Pat, your story was so perfect for the prompt. Thank you again. And thanks for that guest post regarding your WEP experience. I've experienced it myself. I cringe looking back on my writing before I began to write regularly for WEP and I'm sure we're not the only two. It helps to make sense of those craft books! I've seen the improvements in others' writing, too. You've reached a special place now. Will be hard to beat your winning story.

    Thanks again for your love and support over the years!

  2. Ditto! Denise said it all. The WEP and before that the Romance Writers all have made a difference with my writing.

    Great post, Pat, you covered the reasons for participating beautifully! Congratulations! Your entry went beyond words!

  3. Hear, hear. This piece says so much of what I firmly believe about WEP. Which is one of the reasons I try and visit every participant
    whether I have an entry or not.
    Huge congratulations Pat, and here's to further growth.

  4. Yes, Pat, you're right. WEP helped me too. The short format forces the writers to pay attention to every word and remove anything that's not absolutely necessary.

  5. Congratulations Pat ... I loved your thought about touch being so important ... while we learn our journey through life ... expressing it in our writing. I've enjoyed WEP - meeting other participants, learning new things ... and attempting to express myself. Well done and all the best with your new release. Cheers Hilary

  6. Congratulations, Pat! - for both your winning entry and your guest post. I couldn't have summed it better, you absolutely nailed the advantages of WEP. No amount of books can equal pen-to-paper (rather, fingers-to-keys) practice with prompts and wordcounts. Looking forward to the entry for October now.

  7. What a lovely article, Pat! You're so right about WEP - it's a supportive community and definitely strengthens the writing muscles.
    Your story was haunting... really outstanding... congratulations, once again!

  8. Pat, you sure nailed it about the writing as a process. Every time I think I've got a grip on it, I'm hit with something that I didn't expect, a new growth opportunity, as it were :D Anything I do that encourages me to write, and the more so if it gets me some feedback, helps.

    1. Oh, and I went and read your story--what a beautiful story and a well-deserved win. I've been out of touch with the WEP this year, but that was a nice way to draw me in (but I couldn't get WP to cooperate so I could leave a comment).

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