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|#5732:||June 19, 2013||Shannon|
|Knock on Wood|
Tempting fate and other superstitions
|#5726:||June 12, 2013||Dawn☆Embers Edits|
|The "Care" in Character|
A look at the benefit of empathy for a reader when it comes to short story main characters.
|#5714:||June 05, 2013||Legerdemain|
Do you have too many adverbs and adjectives coating your story like hot sauce on wings?
|#5700:||May 29, 2013||jay|
|Pushing Past the Prompt|
What happens when the contest is over, anyway? You have all this material left over that could be refined...
|#5679:||May 22, 2013||Shannon|
|A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words|
How photographs kindle creativity
|#5671:||May 15, 2013||Lonewolf|
|Setting the Mood|
A writer reveals a setting by describing details of that time and place.The mood makes you feel as if you are there.
|#5662:||May 08, 2013||Legerdemain|
A quick way to describe a character and save word count.
|#5650:||May 01, 2013||jay|
Being authentic without being grotesque; thoughts on creating lifelike characters with all kinds of problems.
|#5630:||April 24, 2013||Shannon|
|Truly, Madly, Deeply|
How adverbs and adjectives weigh down your manuscript
|#5628:||April 17, 2013||Robin Bateman|
|Tackling the Revision Monster|
Tips on revising your short stories
|#5618:||April 10, 2013||Legerdemain|
|Inspiration From Music|
It's not all hound dogs and pickup trucks.
|#5604:||April 03, 2013||jay|
|Learning How to be Critiqued|
There's not really a wrong way, but here are some thoughts on how to maximize what you get from the reviewing process.
|#5573:||March 27, 2013||Shannon|
What you can learn from a 1949 sci-fi classic
|#5582:||March 20, 2013||Robin Bateman|
|Step One: Eat the Soup|
Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part to writing your short story.
|#5567:||March 13, 2013||Legerdemain|
|Trying a New Tool|
Are all the tools in your toolbox rusty and antiquated? Are you stuck in your comfortable rut?
|#5550:||March 06, 2013||jay|
Some thoughts on order and chaos.
|#5530:||February 26, 2013||Shannon|
|Let the Pains Begin|
Sometimes we must hit rock bottom
|#5492:||February 19, 2013||Thankful Sonali-WDCPowerReview|
|Who is speaking please? And why?|
What does dialogue do, in a story?
|#5518:||February 12, 2013||Legerdemain|
|Finding Your Passion|
Make your writing come alive when you write about your passions.
|#5505:||February 05, 2013||jay|
Hear me out: sometimes you can outline your story later! Outlining in reverse can help you revise in a new light.
|#5483:||January 29, 2013||Shannon|
"Disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind."
|#5459:||January 22, 2013||Thankful Sonali-WDCPowerReview|
|Make Your Character Tick with Readers|
Something learnt from the 'interview and introduce' technique.
|#5470:||January 15, 2013||Legerdemain|
|The Flu Blues|
Taking a look at your goals for this year.
|#5457:||January 08, 2013||jay|
|Taking Stock of the Trunk|
What's in your trunk? Take a look here.
|#5438:||January 01, 2013||Shannon|
|Out With the Old, In With the New|
As 2012 ends, 2013 offers limitless possibilities
|#5428:||December 25, 2012||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|Exorcise that Sagging Middle|
Remove the excess baggage, the weight of words which add no shape, movement, or immediacy
|#5421:||December 18, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Happy New Year!|
Okay, I'm a little early. But I have a few things you might want to think about before you make your resolutions.
|#5412:||December 11, 2012||jay|
Sometimes even our beliefs and ideals are fiction. And that's okay.
|#5391:||December 04, 2012||Shannon|
|God Is in the Details|
If writing is worth doing, it's worth doing right
|#5389:||November 27, 2012||Crys is Submitting Poetry!|
What is flash fiction?
|#5378:||November 20, 2012||Legerdemain|
|And The Winner Is...|
Comments about your supporting characters.
|#5369:||November 13, 2012||jay|
|Down the Middle|
Midstory lag woes-- we all have them.
|#5346:||November 06, 2012||Shannon|
|Teensy Tiny Tricks that Titillate|
How using various tools and techniques can spice up your writing
|#5345:||October 31, 2012||Lonewolf|
|Writing Tips for Scary Stories|
Writing Scary stories can be fun and takes some work, but it's worth it once you have your imagination run wild.
|#5331:||October 24, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Do You Have a Sweet Tooth?|
Create a short story cake and satisfy everyone's cravings.
|#5319:||October 17, 2012||jay|
|The Last Word|
Why are endings so challenging? They ought to be the easiest part!
|#5297:||October 10, 2012||Shannon|
|Gone but Not Forgotten|
Be a witness to your place and time by writing personal essays and memoirs
|#5281:||September 26, 2012||Legerdemain|
|How Short is Short?|
It's a matter of perspective, isn't it?
|#5265:||September 19, 2012||jay|
|Does Genre Matter?|
Of course it does. (Or does it? Sigh.) Some thoughts on genre and deconstruction, and what it means for short fiction.
|#5237:||September 12, 2012||Shannon|
|Sticks and Stones|
Why it's so important to choose our words carefully
|#5241:||September 05, 2012||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|Short Stories - A Battle of Words|
Why ad-verbs when verbs say it best >O< or ad-jectives to nouns?
|#5235:||August 29, 2012||Legerdemain|
Can social media be an inspiration or just a distraction?
|#5226:||August 22, 2012||jay|
|Building Up Details|
An exploration on how to feather in details in your short stories.
|#5204:||August 15, 2012||Shannon|
How an encounter in a laundromat inspired one of my favorite stories
|#5193:||August 08, 2012||SoCalScribe|
|No Wasted Space|
Making every word in your short story count.
|#5186:||August 01, 2012||Legerdemain|
A tip on wrapping up your story.
|#5176:||July 25, 2012||jay|
|Reviewing as a Writing Exercise|
Things to look for in your reviews that help you become a better writer.
|#5150:||July 18, 2012||Shannon|
What to do with your stories after you've perfected them
|#5148:||July 11, 2012||Lonewolf|
|Get to know your Characters|
A few helpful tips on how to know your characters like you know your friends.
|#5128:||July 04, 2012||Legerdemain|
|That Uncle Henry!|
Ever wonder about that bald spot on the back of his head? Read more about using anecdotes or family for characters.
|#5126:||June 27, 2012||jay|
|Grammar and Dialect|
Speech in writing is something to consider for style and setting in your short stories.
|#5100:||June 20, 2012||Shannon|
|On This Day|
How to use this day in history to jump-start your writing
|#5097:||June 13, 2012||Lonewolf|
|Writing Dialogue that Speaks|
A Guide to Writing Realistic Dialogue
|#5079:||June 06, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Take a Vacation!|
Take a vacation. Whether you have an adventure or not, try writing something new.
|#5068:||May 30, 2012||jay|
|Digging Into Character with Questions...|
Meaningful short stories have emotional impact. Use pointed questions to get meaningful answers that spur your stories.
|#5051:||May 23, 2012||Shannon|
|Bump in the Night|
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
|#5040:||May 16, 2012||Shannon|
How attending a court proceeding might inspire your muse
|#5028:||May 09, 2012||Legerdemain|
|These Three Things|
What three things can you check in edit to make your short story stronger? Find out here.
|#5026:||May 02, 2012||jay|
|Experiments in Antagonism|
Compelling villains can be challenging-- here are some thoughts on how to create layered enemies on a (word) budget.
|#5005:||April 25, 2012||Shannon|
|All I Have To Do Is Dream|
Using dreams to power your story
|#5001:||April 18, 2012||Lonewolf|
|What is in a name?|
Choose your characters name wisely. Think about their personalities and try to find a name that captures the character.
|#4989:||April 11, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Who is your Antagonist?|
Will Dudley Do-Right save the day? Or will Snidely Whiplash finally get the girl? Tune in and see.
|#4973:||April 04, 2012||jay|
Writing connected stories and using existing worlds in fiction writing.
|#4953:||March 28, 2012||Shannon|
|Spirit Is a Fragile Thing|
"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up." ~ Jesse Jackson
|#4932:||March 21, 2012||Shannon|
How meeting a stranger can inspire your muse
|#4928:||March 14, 2012||Legerdemain|
A quick recipe for a good short story.
|#4923:||March 07, 2012||jay|
|The Scenic Route|
Using short stories as part of a larger collected body of work; using characters from a larger universe in short works.
|#4902:||February 29, 2012||Shannon|
|Shut Up and Write|
Why Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Practice" should become yours
|#4892:||February 22, 2012||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|Battle of the Bulge|
Jelly Rolls, muffin tops, or good old beer bellies add bulk but not substance to your short story ~ so work it off >o<
|#4874:||February 15, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Can You Hear Me Now?|
First, select what ears you'd like - then pick your nose.
|#4868:||February 08, 2012||jay|
|Fiction as Catharsis.|
How reality and fiction intersect for us as writers.
|#4836:||February 01, 2012||Shannon|
How your character's passion motivates and inspires his actions
|#4841:||January 25, 2012||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|I hear a voice ~ but who's?|
Writing fiction in first person viewpoint actively relates what I or my character do, see, hear, perceive
|#4832:||January 18, 2012||Legerdemain|
|Can You Name That Tune?|
Does music inspire you?
|#4821:||January 11, 2012||jay|
|Tying It All Together|
No string required! Finding ways to bring disparate elements into unity in short fiction.
|#4797:||January 04, 2012||Shannon|
|In the Beginning|
How your introductory paragraph can make or break your story
|#4787:||December 27, 2011||Shannon|
|He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother|
How our plight affects those who love us most
|#4779:||December 20, 2011||Legerdemain|
It's not dieting or getting more exercise, but it is about doing something for yourself next year.
|#4770:||December 13, 2011||jay|
|Inspiration as an Exercise|
Sharing some thoughts I had after reading a book about art and creativity; using artistic reference and ideas.
|#4748:||December 06, 2011||Shannon|
|It Must Be a Full Moon|
How our own superstitious beliefs, distinguishing traits, and quirky mannerisms are reflected in our characters
|#4728:||November 29, 2011||Shannon|
|Something Old, Something New|
Every item has a story. All you have to do is listen.
|#4736:||November 22, 2011||Legerdemain|
Are your NaNoWriMo characters getting a little too familiar?
|#4722:||November 15, 2011||jay|
|Showing, Telling, and You|
Some great places to inject description, details, and dialogue to add bulk and content to your stories.
|#4699:||November 08, 2011||Shannon|
|The Midnight Disease|
Coined by Edgar Allen Poe, "The Midnight Disease" (A.K.A. hypergraphia) is an overwhelming compulsion to write
|#4698:||November 02, 2011||WhoMe|
|Back to the Basics|
Freytag's Pyramid back to the basics.
|#4686:||October 26, 2011||Legerdemain|
|Mixing It Up|
Not recipes, genres. An alien in bionic chaps? It's an idea...
|#4676:||October 19, 2011||jay|
It's a style thing! Less can be more...
|#4654:||October 12, 2011||Shannon|
|Extra! Extra! Read All About It!|
Writer's block? Pick up your local newspaper
|#4652:||October 05, 2011||SoCalScribe|
|What You Can Learn From Other Genres|
Different genres can provide you with different writing skills to improve your work.
|#4632:||September 28, 2011||Legerdemain|
|Making It Memorable|
Does your story stand out among other contest entries? No? You might need to add a cannibal.
|#4625:||September 21, 2011||jay|
|Format and Function|
how restrictive formats can force you to work creatively to find a solution... through writing!
|#4598:||September 14, 2011||Shannon|
|"Call 911 cuz you just stopped my heart"|
How a family dinner and a packet of Splenda® inspired my creativity
|#4605:||September 07, 2011||SoCalScribe|
|Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs & Black Friday|
How single day events can be ideal settings for a short story.
|#4587:||August 31, 2011||Legerdemain|
|I'm Nobody! Who are you?|
Emily was a nobody too.
|#4580:||August 24, 2011||jay|
|Be a Contender|
Write stories that are competitive no matter where you submit them.
|#4557:||August 17, 2011||Shannon|
|Murder in the Grove|
An afternoon with J.A. Jance leaves a lasting impression
|#4554:||August 10, 2011||SoCalScribe|
The importance of focusing on the main narrative in a short story.
|#4539:||August 03, 2011||Legerdemain|
The puppy had everyone's attention. Is that what you want?
|#4523:||July 27, 2011||jay|
|Idols and Inspirations|
Musings on influences and ideas... where did that idea come from, anyway?
|#4507:||July 20, 2011||Shannon|
|I Ate Lunch With Rambo|
How an afternoon with author David Morrell changed my writing life forever
|#4502:||July 13, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
Knowing when to write and when to stop
|#4489:||July 06, 2011||Legerdemain|
|Have You Read the Fine Print?|
A few tidbits about entering writing contests.
|#4478:||June 29, 2011||jay|
Tips on editing with word count in mind...
|#4458:||June 22, 2011||Shannon|
|Copyrights and Trademarks|
If someone else wrote it, photographed it, painted it, translated it, recorded it, or drew it, it's copyrighted
|#4455:||June 15, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Planning ahead... or not|
There isn't a right way to write a short story, but there are reasons to try something new.
|#4442:||June 08, 2011||Legerdemain|
|High-speed Duct Tape|
What doesn't it fix?
|#4431:||June 01, 2011||jay|
|Plotting to a Conclusion|
Finding a means to an ending for your story...
|#4409:||May 25, 2011||Shannon|
|And the Winner Is ...|
How entering contests gets your name out there AND makes you a better writer
|#4398:||May 18, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Am I an Unreliable Narrator?|
First person does not always mean truthful.
|#4393:||May 11, 2011||Legerdemain|
My view from the other side of the uterus.
|#4378:||May 04, 2011||jay|
|More Dialogue on Dialogue|
A few tips and pointers for correcting wayward dialogue for short story authors and reviewers.
|#4366:||April 27, 2011||Shannon|
|Who'd've Strunk It?|
Though 90+ years have passed, "The Elements of Style" is STILL the definitive guide to clean, concise, crisp writing.
|#4350:||April 20, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|This would make a GREAT novel|
Pitfalls of writing a novel based on your beloved short story.
|#4341:||April 13, 2011||Legerdemain|
|The Sound of Silence|
One would think silence is...well, silent.
|#4330:||April 06, 2011||jay|
|Dialogue as a Story Medium|
Of all the dynamics which move a story forward, dialogue is the most direct.
|#4307:||March 30, 2011||Shannon|
|My Five Sense Worth|
How Sight, Smell, Hearing, Taste, and Touch Form Our Memories and Shape Our Lives
|#4302:||March 23, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Worlds of Wonder|
Through the eyes of a child, even when writing for adults.
|#4287:||March 16, 2011||Legerdemain|
|Where Can I Put the Dead Body?|
An answer to the age-old question - Can I Put the Dead Body in a Glad Trash Bag?
|#4282:||March 09, 2011||jay|
Building believable, compelling characters is tricky in a short story. Some tips to make the best use of a small space!
|#4258:||March 02, 2011||Shannon|
|Breakdowns and Breakthroughs|
How the most painful challenges are often the most rewarding
|#4255:||February 23, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|A Sense of Place|
Describe a place with no visual clues to see how strong the emotional connection can be for your reader.
|#4242:||February 16, 2011||Legerdemain|
|Eons ago, in a dark cavern in the sea...|
How setting is important to your story.
|#4230:||February 09, 2011||jay|
|Pieces of Something Greater|
Sometimes a vignette is just a vignette...
|#4217:||February 02, 2011||Shannon|
|Perception Is Reality|
or, "Who the heck ARE you, anyway?"
|#4204:||January 26, 2011||Ben Langhinrichs|
|The Ending Comes Before the Beginning|
Planning your story will ensure you're not just wandering about in the woods.
|#4194:||January 19, 2011||Legerdemain|
|What A Character!|
Where do you get your character ideas?
|#4182:||January 12, 2011||jay|
|Resolutions of the "Ending" Kind...|
Some of my favorite writers have said the hardest part of writing is knowing when to end a story...
|#4159:||January 05, 2011||Shannon|
|Same Old Lang Syne|
A story about love, loss, regret, and new beginnings
|#4158:||December 28, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Benefit of Brevity|
There are burdens to the brevity of a short story, but there are benefits as well.
|#4143:||December 21, 2010||Legerdemain|
Turn holiday stress and family arguments into fodder for your stories.
|#4128:||December 14, 2010||jay|
|The Direct Line|
While a short story can have its twists and turns, the ultimate story movement should be straightforward.
|#4114:||December 07, 2010||Shannon|
Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean They're Not Out To Get You
|#4104:||November 30, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Are we there yet? When to end.|
Knowing when to end your story is as important as knowing when to start it.
|#4094:||November 23, 2010||Legerdemain|
Do you tell the truth in a tactful way when you review?
|#4080:||November 16, 2010||jay|
|Make Me Care... About Your Character!|
The best stories are character driven, but character alone won't carry a story-- good characters need compelling plots!
|#4062:||November 09, 2010||Shannon|
|So, what did you think of my story?|
How to be brutally honest without being brutal.
|#4056:||November 03, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Writing Stories to be Read Aloud|
Writing for children can teach us how to be better writers for any age.
|#4043:||October 27, 2010||Legerdemain|
|Finding Time to Write|
What if you didn't enter NaNoWriMo but want to challenge yourself?
|#4031:||October 20, 2010||jay|
|Holding the Line|
Short fiction relies on tension for consistency-- here are a few tips for maintaining the tension in your writing.
|#4012:||October 13, 2010||Shannon|
|"My Name Is Roger, and I'm an addict."|
How personal demons humanize your characters and endear them to your readers
|#4003:||October 06, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Those in Front of the Curtain|
Ignore your audience at your peril.
|#3991:||September 29, 2010||Legerdemain|
How would you refer to the Dalai Lama? Would you greet him, "hey, Holy Dude!"?
|#3981:||September 22, 2010||jay|
|Push Button, Receive Message|
One reason many writers love the short story medium: it's an easy way to communicate an idea and get feedback on it.
|#3929:||September 15, 2010||Shannon|
How Kübler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief empowers us (and our characters) to understand and accept our own mortality
|#3958:||September 08, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Publishing Stories in the 21st Century|
Being a "published author" is a trickier concept than it once was.
|#3947:||September 01, 2010||Legerdemain|
|What did he say?|
Using the vernacular of a particular region or era can lend authenticity to your story.
|#3935:||August 25, 2010||Storm Machine|
Characters and events work together to make a short story.
|#3876:||August 18, 2010||Shannon|
|This Little Piggy Went to Market|
How to market your stories and eliminate unnecessary rejections
|#3905:||August 11, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Too Much Backstory in the Front|
If you fill your first few paragraphs with backstory, you may empty out your audience
|#3895:||August 04, 2010||Legerdemain|
|Anatomy of a Lie|
How can you tell someone is lying? This article exposes liars.
|#3874:||July 28, 2010||Crys is Submitting Poetry!|
|I'm a Fiction Writer? Since When?|
It never hurts to try something new with your writing.
|#3849:||July 21, 2010||Shannon|
|That Which Does Not Kill Us|
How tragedy makes us stronger people ... and better writers
|#3857:||July 14, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
What readers will and won't believe.
|#3841:||July 07, 2010||Legerdemain|
|The Short Trip to Edit|
What do you do with the short contest entries in your porfolio?
|#3829:||June 30, 2010||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|I hear voices ~ telling a story ~ whose?|
First person point of view doesn't have to be all about me ~ let's explore this versatile, often challenging, viewpoint.
|#3770:||June 23, 2010||Shannon|
|Mind Your P's and Q's|
How profiling your protagonist produces quality prose prone to leaving your competition quaking in their Quarks
|#3804:||June 16, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog|
Writing about a hodgepodge of popular topics will not make your short story popular.
|#3791:||June 09, 2010||Legerdemain|
Using something unusual to break tension or change the tempo of a story.
|#3772:||June 02, 2010||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|Show and Tell~every story has a story|
A story within the story ~ add depth with effective flashbacks or some creative framing to engage your readers
|#3703:||May 26, 2010||Shannon|
|Tell Me a Tale to Remember|
How reading the good, the bad, and the ugly makes you a better writer
|#3743:||May 19, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|What if Harry had been a Girl?|
Checking your characters, setting and plot by indirect proof.
|#3727:||May 12, 2010||Legerdemain|
|Finding your Muse in the Museum|
Surfing museum websites when you can't visit them physically can be just as rewarding.
|#3711:||May 05, 2010||Storm Machine|
|#3679:||April 28, 2010||Shannon|
|#3688:||April 21, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Go Ahead, Put the Cart Before the Horse|
Sometimes research leads us down strange paths. Don't be afraid to follow your leads.
|#3672:||April 14, 2010||Legerdemain|
|#3658:||April 07, 2010||Storm Machine|
|#3603:||March 31, 2010||Shannon|
|#3635:||March 24, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|Proper Manuscript Format|
Following the guidelines is a must if you want your work published.
|#3614:||March 17, 2010||Legerdemain|
|#3597:||March 10, 2010||Storm Machine|
|#3543:||March 03, 2010||Shannon|
|#3577:||February 24, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3556:||February 17, 2010||Legerdemain|
|#3548:||February 10, 2010||Robin Bateman|
|#3497:||February 03, 2010||Shannon|
|#3525:||January 27, 2010||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3510:||January 20, 2010||Legerdemain|
|#3502:||January 13, 2010||Storm Machine|
|#3444:||January 06, 2010||Shannon|
|#3466:||December 30, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3458:||December 23, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3438:||December 16, 2009||Thankful Sonali-WDCPowerReview|
|Ramble or Run?|
Using Paragraphs to control the pace
|#3396:||December 09, 2009||Shannon|
|#3423:||December 02, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3402:||November 25, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3383:||November 18, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3351:||November 11, 2009||Shannon|
|#3370:||November 04, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3352:||October 28, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3342:||October 21, 2009||Shannon|
|#3284:||October 14, 2009||Shannon|
|#3321:||October 07, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3300:||September 30, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3283:||September 23, 2009||esprit|
|Encourage, Push, and Prod|
I believe talent needs to be encouraged, pushed, nurtured and prodded in order to grow.
|#3246:||September 16, 2009||Shannon|
|#3268:||September 09, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3248:||September 02, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3235:||August 26, 2009||Shannon|
|#3184:||August 19, 2009||Shannon|
|#3214:||August 12, 2009||Ben Langhinrichs|
|#3160:||August 05, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3187:||July 29, 2009||esprit|
|Overwriting is a Good Thing|
Your creativity is working, don't stifle it by forcing perfection too soon. Focus on the story, not the editing.
|#3131:||July 22, 2009||Shannon|
|#3138:||July 15, 2009||esprit|
|Writing Tips From The Experts|
We all know writing well is not easy, so tips are always welcome.
|#3153:||July 08, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3140:||July 01, 2009||Adriana Noir|
|#3082:||June 24, 2009||Shannon|
|#3115:||June 17, 2009||Kimchi|
|The Rhetoric of Repetition|
Repetition isn't always bad. As a rhetorical device it can foreshadow the plot or underscore important information.
|#3098:||June 10, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3083:||June 03, 2009||Just an Ordinary Jyo|
|#3045:||May 27, 2009||Shannon|
|#3063:||May 20, 2009||Kimchi|
Flat, emotionless prose? Try one of these techniques and you may find the passion was there all along.
|#3052:||May 13, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#3032:||May 06, 2009||Shannon|
|#3019:||April 29, 2009||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#3014:||April 22, 2009||Kimchi|
|Weather or Not?|
The one thing you can count on is weather changing. Change is action, and action is never boring.
|#3000:||April 15, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#2950:||April 08, 2009||esprit|
|How Do I Develop My Own Style?|
Style is developed, good or bad, in direct ratio to how much time is spent learning the craft of writing.
|#2962:||April 01, 2009||Joy|
|#2968:||March 25, 2009||Kimchi|
|Character is King|
To create "real" characters we must go beyond appearance, to personality, and even further, into psychological makeup.
|#2943:||March 18, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#2925:||March 11, 2009||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2915:||March 04, 2009||iKïyå§ama|
|#2912:||February 25, 2009||Kimchi|
|Dialogue in Action|
Much harder than it looks, realistic dialogue emulates speech but is not an exact copy of the way we talk.
|#2892:||February 18, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#2883:||February 11, 2009||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2869:||February 04, 2009||Nikola|
|#2860:||January 28, 2009||Kimchi|
|A Great Start|
A great opening line unrolls a "Welcome" mat, a door ajar into fire lit walls, a warm rush of apples and cinnamon.
|#2838:||January 21, 2009||Legerdemain|
|#2829:||January 14, 2009||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2815:||January 07, 2009||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2805:||December 31, 2008||Kimchi|
|A Few of my Favorite Things|
Use your life. Sanitize it, satirize it, fictionalize it. Teacher and muse lie within your own experiences.
|#2773:||December 24, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2770:||December 17, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2761:||December 10, 2008||Past Member 'larryp'|
|#2752:||December 03, 2008||Kimchi|
|Sense and Sensibility Set the Scene|
Setting is the background that holds not only what you show the reader, but also a heap of implied information.
|#2734:||November 26, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2724:||November 19, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2710:||November 12, 2008||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2697:||November 05, 2008||Kimchi|
Symbols work subconsciously: the most enduring hold three interpretations: universal, cultural, and personal.
|#2684:||October 29, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2669:||October 22, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2661:||October 15, 2008||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2648:||October 08, 2008||Kimchi|
|Like an Onion|
Like a cake (or an onion), a short story has layers: plot, setting, characters, conflict-and the creamy icing--theme.
|#2635:||October 01, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2622:||September 24, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2614:||September 17, 2008||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2600:||September 10, 2008||esprit|
|Writer, Know Thyself.|
For one heady moment you know you're brilliant and then, with just as much clarity, you know what you do is awful.
|#2585:||September 03, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2563:||August 27, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2565:||August 20, 2008||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2554:||August 13, 2008||Kate~Reading & Writing|
|#2509:||August 06, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2531:||July 30, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2523:||July 23, 2008||Joy|
|#2503:||July 16, 2008||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#2485:||July 09, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2476:||July 02, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2399:||June 18, 2008||iKïyå§ama|
|#2438:||June 11, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2424:||June 04, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2408:||May 21, 2008||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#2387:||May 14, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2374:||May 07, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2373:||April 30, 2008||Joy|
|#2346:||April 23, 2008||iKïyå§ama|
|#2336:||April 16, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2320:||April 09, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2304:||March 26, 2008||Robin Bateman|
|#2283:||March 19, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2272:||March 12, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2250:||February 27, 2008||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#2229:||February 20, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2218:||February 13, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2215:||February 06, 2008||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#2198:||January 30, 2008||A Midsummer Night's Waltz|
|#2183:||January 23, 2008||Legerdemain|
|#2159:||January 16, 2008||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2165:||January 09, 2008||Ms Kimmie|
|#2148:||January 02, 2008||A Midsummer Night's Waltz|
|#2135:||December 26, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#2129:||December 19, 2007||Ms Kimmie|
|#2108:||December 12, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2097:||December 05, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#2087:||November 28, 2007||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#2073:||November 21, 2007||A Midsummer Night's Waltz|
|#2057:||November 14, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#2048:||November 07, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#2038:||October 31, 2007||Fyn|
|#2018:||October 24, 2007||Ms Kimmie|
|#2006:||October 17, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1994:||October 10, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1982:||October 03, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1975:||September 26, 2007||Ms Kimmie|
|#1950:||September 19, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1940:||September 12, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1939:||September 12, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1930:||September 05, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1913:||August 29, 2007||Ms Kimmie|
|#1897:||August 22, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1889:||August 15, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1868:||August 08, 2007||SHERRI G♥ SURGERY 5/31|
|#1855:||August 01, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1843:||July 25, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1837:||July 18, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1822:||July 11, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1807:||July 04, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1793:||June 27, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1782:||June 20, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1756:||June 13, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1748:||June 06, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1738:||May 30, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1731:||May 23, 2007||Sarah Rae|
|#1708:||May 16, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1698:||May 09, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1688:||May 02, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1668:||April 25, 2007||StephB 2013 Busy Bee|
|#1647:||April 18, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1645:||April 11, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1635:||April 04, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1620:||March 28, 2007||iKïyå§ama|
|#1604:||March 21, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1594:||March 14, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1581:||March 07, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1570:||February 28, 2007||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#1552:||February 21, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1546:||February 14, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1529:||February 07, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1517:||January 31, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1496:||January 24, 2007||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1423:||January 17, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1477:||January 10, 2007||Legerdemain|
|#1465:||January 03, 2007||Past Member 'kelly1202'|
|#1449:||December 27, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1448:||December 20, 2006||W.D.Wilcox|
|#1434:||December 13, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1413:||December 06, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1399:||November 29, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1384:||November 22, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1371:||November 15, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1367:||November 08, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1348:||November 01, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1342:||October 25, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1318:||October 18, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1310:||October 11, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1297:||October 04, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1288:||September 27, 2006||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#1267:||September 20, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1261:||September 13, 2006||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#1240:||September 06, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1216:||August 23, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1203:||August 16, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1191:||August 09, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1174:||August 02, 2006||InkyShadows|
|#1163:||July 26, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1149:||July 19, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1140:||July 12, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1134:||July 05, 2006||Diane|
|#1121:||June 28, 2006||New Year, New Squirrel|
|#1106:||June 21, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1063:||June 14, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1090:||June 07, 2006||Diane|
|#1062:||May 31, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#1053:||May 24, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#1035:||May 17, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#1036:||May 10, 2006||Diane|
|#1012:||May 03, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#995:||April 26, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#971:||April 19, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#981:||April 12, 2006||Diane|
|#962:||April 05, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#945:||March 29, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#902:||March 22, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#932:||March 15, 2006||Diane|
|#914:||March 08, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#891:||March 01, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#841:||February 22, 2006||Vivian: publisher, author|
|#887:||February 15, 2006||Diane|
|#871:||February 08, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#826:||February 01, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#850:||January 25, 2006||Red Writing Hood|
|#837:||January 18, 2006||Diane|
|#816:||January 11, 2006||Mavis Moog|
|#799:||January 04, 2006||Legerdemain|
|#793:||December 28, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#784:||December 21, 2005||Diane|
|#761:||December 14, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#750:||December 07, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#746:||November 30, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#737:||November 23, 2005||Diane|
|#710:||November 16, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#697:||November 09, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#690:||November 02, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#680:||October 26, 2005||Diane|
|#662:||October 19, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#628:||October 12, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#646:||October 05, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#636:||September 28, 2005||Diane|
|#624:||September 21, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#605:||September 14, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#600:||September 07, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#588:||August 31, 2005||Diane|
|#567:||August 24, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#554:||August 17, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#548:||August 10, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#539:||August 03, 2005||Diane|
|#521:||July 27, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#510:||July 20, 2005||Mavis Moog|
|#497:||July 13, 2005||Red Writing Hood|
|#465:||July 06, 2005||Diane|
|#448:||June 29, 2005||Legerdemain|
|#414:||June 08, 2005||Diane|
|#398:||June 01, 2005||Legerdemain|
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