Recent Posts

Winter Community Story

Winter Community Story

If you missed it, our first Montana Mouthful Community Story was a success! Fifteen people contributed lines for our eerie Halloween tale. Thanks again! For the next community story, we’ve added a twist: the story happens in two parts. First, from now until Friday, November […]

Finding Beauty

Finding Beauty

One of the things that inspires me the most is the visual arts. A picture of the simplest object or an obscure reference piques my interest and shifts my focus from the daily grind to a place of creativity where I am free to focus my […]

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Creating Narrative Nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction is a favorite genre of mine as it allows one to blend story-telling with factual information. The genre is also known by other names, such as creative nonfiction and literary journalism.  If you’re a writer who’s never attempted this genre but would like to, the following information may prove valuable as you delve into your own narrative nonfiction stories.

Narrative nonfiction is based in fact.

Like I mentioned in the introduction, this type of writing delivers factual information or events in a way that reads like a story. The genre may be termed “creative”, but this does not give the writer license to embellish the facts or invent information. Instead, you employ story-telling elements, like scenic development and characterization, to present the information. Memoir is another example of this type of nonfiction.

Short narrative nonfiction is focused.

At Montana Mouthful, we ask that your stories be 2000 words or less. In this case, like short fiction, your creative nonfiction piece should be focused. Don’t attempt to tell too many stories at once.  For example, maybe you wish to write about your experience as a volunteer at a homeless shelter. Instead of attempting to summarize several experiences that took place at the shelter, perhaps you focus on how you helped one particular person overcome poverty.

Narrative nonfiction is better with a purpose.

Will your story uncover secret scandals, share insights, or give people hope? To me, the best nonfiction is more than entertainment. I love a story that challenges my truths, opens my heart, or leaves me more knowledgeable about the world.

Narrative nonfiction keeps the story moving.

Start in the action. Recreate the scene. Provide vivid descriptions of the individuals and events. Pretend your readers are watching a movie (they are in their minds!). How will you write, so your readers experience the information? Remember to incorporate sensory information to bring your scenes to life.

At Montana Mouthful, we love a wonderful creative nonfiction story, and we look forward to reading yours! Good luck!

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

WRITING TIPS: THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CRAFTING A SHORT STORY

The Montana Mouthful Staff can’t wait to read your story. But before you click submit, the following three questions may help you evaluate your work. Where is your story? With 2,000 words or less, we only have time for one primary setting. Are there rich […]

Editor’s Pick: Author – Denis Johnson

Editor’s Pick: Author – Denis Johnson

* One of our aims, aside from showcasing exceptional stories and visual artwork, is to share information from other literary sources. For instance, we might share a story we love, a magazine’s call for submissions, or a helpful service for writers and artists. Not only […]

Sticky Support

Sticky Support

Montana Mouthful has launched! Now that we’re on the scene, we’d love for you to join our community!

Beyond checking out the website and following us on our social media outlets, you can also support this new, independent, digital magazine by purchasing something “sticky.”

We’re calling it Montana Mouthful’s “Sticky Support” campaign.

It’s simple. All you need to do is purchase a sticker, which features our cool logo. Stick it on your car, your notebook, your window, or give one to a friend. By spreading the word, you bring writers and readers to Montana Mouthful.

Stickers are $5.00 each. For online purchases, click here.

All of the proceeds go directly to supporting the magazine, as Montana Mouthful is NOT a charitable organization but rather an upstart literary magazine devoted to featuring artists and writers who fill our soul.

Thanks in advance and welcome to the community!

S

 

 

 

 

 

Montana Mouthful Accepting Submissions for First Issue

Montana Mouthful Accepting Submissions for First Issue

Welcome! In celebration of Montana Mouthful’s inaugural issue, the theme for our debut is “firsts.” Perhaps you’ll write about a stolen first kiss, a first best friend, a first trip, a first alien sighting, first epiphany, first loss, first tantrum, etc. We encourage stories and […]

Montana Mouthful: A New Literary Venture

Montana Mouthful: A New Literary Venture

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve landed at the Montana Mouthful site, and we’d like to take the time to elaborate on this new project. As stated on our About Us page, Montana Mouthful is an independent, digital literary magazine, and we’re based in Helena, Montana. Thus, […]