The Oddest Great Review I’ve Ever Received: Free Flash Fiction Course #writers

You’ve heard of damning with faint praise. It’s common.

But have you ever heard of praising with loud damns? I hadn’t. But I read this through three or four times, and was laughing out loud by the final go-round.

Here’s the link to a review for my free How To Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck course…

And if you didn’t know I offered a free flash fiction course, here’s the link for that as well:




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By Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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9 years ago

I’m delighted by your post and these comments!

Right now, I’m up for air, catching up on email and website posts by friends and mentors (Holly, I hope you’re both).

My latest project: working on my book of short stories, each the result of your Flash Fiction Course. Yesterday, I designed the book cover. So, the course was a success!

It’s a relief to know that others hear my tone of voice in the review. I really was laughing at myself as I wrote it. Sometimes, I seem to be brilliant at getting in my own way!

Fortunately, the universe seems to be conspiring to steer me to success, and your course was definitely important… even if I was one step away from mutiny, at almost every point in the course.

Thanks for the comments, and for sharing the link to my review. I’m glad so many others found the humor in it, and that some of my regular readers signed up for your flash fiction course, too.

9 years ago

LOL! That’s great. And I have to say, I had a similar reaction. I don’t write flash on command, and the prompts were not sparking for me for the longest while, but when I put the pieces together, I came up with some pretty sweet stories…if not all of them flash.

9 years ago

I pretty much loved that. Any review that makes me chuckle is worth a read. I got one the other day, to sum up, that wanted MORE DEATH in my alternate Regency romance. 😀

Holly Lisle
Reply to  RNFrancis
9 years ago

I didn’t think the Regency genre and MORE DEATH were usual compadres. I read a LOT of Regency some years back, starting with Jane Austen.

Perhaps they have confused your genre with … er … Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

9 years ago

This review would have made me want to take the course even if I didn’t want to. My curiosity would have overruled any doubt I had. Besides, the price is right. 🙂

Holly Lisle
Reply to  Ruth
9 years ago

I loved her surprise that it worked. Let me know how it goes for you, okay?

Deb Gallardo @storyideascoach
9 years ago

One could make a case that her review was “Fainting from Damned Praise.” Just sayin’…

9 years ago

That’s hysterical. She didn’t like anything about the lesson… except the fact that it gave her interesting ideas she was excited to write about! Gotta love it. 😀

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