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December 6, 2017


She sprinted across an endless expanse of barren field that blurred at the horizon.  The bottom of her light-blue, floral dress caught on her feet as she fled from the approaching flames that engulfed a dark mass behind her.  As she sprinted forward, the field seemed...

November 16, 2017

As a writer, do you ever feel as if you’re stuck? That your skills as a writer have hit a wall? I’ve discussed in a previous blog the benefits of having a writing group, but I’d like to lay down some more info on other resources, namely writing classes.

If you had great...

November 10, 2017

It is now week 2 of NaNoWriMo! How is everyone doing? We hope you’re exercising that right brain of yours and staying on track with your writing goal. It was not realistic for me to go for the 50,000 word goal this year, so I set myself a goal to write 500 words every...

November 1, 2017

I’ve never complained about spending a night with a bottle of wine and a good book, but sometimes I need something else. Sometimes, I want to go somewhere terrible where strangers shout at each other. Sometimes, I want to shout at strangers.

Sometimes, I want the strang...

October 26, 2017

How many of you have heard of NaNoWriMo? How many of you plan on participating? For those of you not familiar, National Novel Writing Month is an event in which the month of November is set aside for authors to do nothing but write for a month straight. The goal is to...

October 18, 2017

A small number of short stories are picked up by literary magazines every year, but thousands upon thousands get rejected. And most of those rejected stories are set aside because of mistakes that can be easily avoided if you are aware of them. This is not meant to dis...

October 11, 2017

So, you’ve finished your book and you’re ready to mail it out to publishing companies. But, remember that most (if not all) publishing companies you’re interested in will require that you have a literary agent first. Don’t worry though! I’m going to break it down for y...

October 5, 2017

The night of his sixteenth birthday, Mani Remus found himself crawling through the underbrush of Reliqua’s northern forest. His chest pressed into the mud, staining the front of his white tunic, and he shivered each time the intermittent breeze stirred the foliage that...

September 20, 2017

Today's post is not an original, but this find was just too good to not share. It may be a silly article, but you could easily use an idea from this guys list to create a villain that isn't cliché and at the same time keep them from making stupid bad guy mistakes that...

September 13, 2017

More than a few times I’ve put a book down because I reached a point―or many points, if I really gave the author a chance―where the author threw a mega-load of information at me all at once. The worst part about it was that it was usually through dialog―a crap ton of d...

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