Read “Bike Michanic” in Spelk. Write your own “soup” story out of unreliable information, creating a story that makes little logical sense but which makes perfect emotional sense. One way to approach this kind of story is to let the truth seep out in little drips.
Read “Stranded Sea Mammals” in Jellyfish Review. Then, write your ownstory about grief, but don’t write about it directly. Write about grief as seen from above or below, or from behind a camera or a safe window.
Write a story in which something psychological becomes physical. As an example, read my story “Dowager’s Hump” in Litro. Don’t shy away from making this comic. Tragic situations often appear absurd. This story appears in my new collectioni “Alligators At Night”