|Writing.Com Newsletters Edited by Kittiara .|
|#10618:||Spiritual||February 17, 2021|
|Don't Be Afraid to Question|
It is not a bad thing to question one's faith. Indeed, the answers you find can build a newer, stronger foundation.
|#10611:||Drama||February 10, 2021|
|#10596:||Action/Adventure||February 03, 2021|
|Motive and Emotion in Action Scenes|
|#10573:||Spiritual||January 20, 2021|
|That One Thing|
The amount of problems we face as a species can feel overwhelming. What, though, if we focus on one thing...
|#10563:||Drama||January 13, 2021|
|Be Kind To Your Fictional Pets|
|#10548:||Action/Adventure||January 06, 2021|
We are living through some unsettled times, but better days are coming. Are you ready for the after?
|#10530:||Spiritual||December 23, 2020|
|A Prayer for the Lost and the Lonely|
|#10519:||Drama||December 16, 2020|
|The Enduring Appeal of the Classics|
|#10508:||Action/Adventure||December 09, 2020|
|Time For Reflection|
|#10487:||Spiritual||November 25, 2020|
|Tidings of Comfort and Joy|
|#10472:||Drama||November 18, 2020|
|Do Read My Diary!|
Diaries used to be private. These days, however, more and more of our deepest thoughts are shared with the public.
|#10464:||Action/Adventure||November 11, 2020|
|Use Your Voice|
|#10440:||Spiritual||October 28, 2020|
|Teach a Man to Fish...|
|#10429:||Drama||October 21, 2020|
|#10416:||Action/Adventure||October 14, 2020|
|What Type Of Writer Are You?|
|#10394:||Spiritual||September 30, 2020|
|What's Your Story?|
|#10380:||Drama||September 23, 2020|
|#10368:||Action/Adventure||September 16, 2020|
|Hang In There!|
|#10349:||Spiritual||September 02, 2020|
|You Deserve Happiness|
|#10341:||Drama||August 26, 2020|
|Those Tricky Little Words...|
|#10327:||Action/Adventure||August 19, 2020|
|The Midnight Sun Doesn't Shine|
|#10308:||Spiritual||August 05, 2020|
|Knowing Me and Knowing You|
|#10297:||Drama||July 29, 2020|
|Face Your Emotions|
|#10284:||Action/Adventure||July 22, 2020|
|What's In A Name?|
|#10262:||Spiritual||July 08, 2020|
|Across the Water|
|#10251:||Drama||July 01, 2020|
|Where Do You Belong?|
|#10240:||Action/Adventure||June 24, 2020|
|The Next Quest|
|#10218:||Spiritual||June 10, 2020|
|#10208:||Drama||June 03, 2020|
|#10194:||Action/Adventure||May 27, 2020|
|Setting the (Action) Scene|
|#10173:||Spiritual||May 13, 2020|
|#10162:||Drama||May 06, 2020|
|#10148:||Action/Adventure||April 29, 2020|
|Fan Fiction - Is It Worth Writing?|
Authors of fan fiction know that their work will never be published. Is it, then, still worth writing?
|#10126:||Spiritual||April 15, 2020|
|Being Kind to Your Mind|
It can be difficult to find that inner calm. To maintain that inner peace. Especially in these challenging times...
|#10113:||Drama||April 08, 2020|
It's natural to dislike being stuck indoors. Fortunately, there are ways to make life more enjoyable!
|#10030:||Spiritual||March 18, 2020|
|#10068:||Drama||March 11, 2020|
|Living Through Worrying Times|
|#10056:||Action/Adventure||March 04, 2020|
|Spring Into Action|
|#10031:||Spiritual||February 19, 2020|
|Sharing Your Faith|
|#10017:||Drama||February 12, 2020|
|What If Love Isn't In The Air?|
|#10005:||Action/Adventure||February 05, 2020|
|Don't Give Up!|
|#9982:||Spiritual||January 22, 2020|
|You, too, can inspire others!|
|#9967:||Drama||January 15, 2020|
|#9952:||Action/Adventure||January 08, 2020|
|Are You Ready For Adventure?|
|#9934:||Spiritual||December 25, 2019|
|Love and Light|
|#9923:||Drama||December 18, 2019|
|It's Okay to Shed a Tear|
|#9912:||Action/Adventure||December 11, 2019|
|Education is an Adventure|
|#9889:||Spiritual||November 27, 2019|
|It's the Season to Be Jolly...|
|#9879:||Drama||November 20, 2019|
|The Cold November Rain|
It's that time of the year when it's easy to hibernate, but why not end this decade with a great accomplishment?
|#9871:||Action/Adventure||November 13, 2019|
|Embracing the Dark|
|#9840:||Spiritual||October 30, 2019|
|Who Are You?|
|#9827:||Drama||October 23, 2019|
|The Meanings We Give|
|#9815:||Action/Adventure||October 16, 2019|
|#9791:||Spiritual||October 02, 2019|
|Allow Yourself to Rest|
|#9778:||Drama||September 25, 2019|
|#9765:||Action/Adventure||September 18, 2019|
|#9742:||Spiritual||September 04, 2019|
|The Value of Community|
Sometimes we lose faith in humanity, and are tempted to retreat into a world of our own. But community matters...
|#9733:||Drama||August 28, 2019|
|On Friendship and Introverts|
Friendship doesn't always come easy, and can be difficult to maintain. How do your characters manage it?
|#9720:||Action/Adventure||August 21, 2019|
|Keeping Up With The Times|
As writers, we're supposed to keep up with the modern world. Sometimes, however, that's easier said than done...
|#9696:||Spiritual||August 07, 2019|
|For The Sheer Joy Of It|
|#9683:||Drama||July 31, 2019|
|#9669:||Action/Adventure||July 24, 2019|
|Out of Action|
|#9649:||Spiritual||July 10, 2019|
|Why Our Online Behaviour Matters|
|#9636:||Drama||July 03, 2019|
|Writing the Natural World|
Nature is wonderful. But when using a natural setting in your writing, a touch of realism is a must.
|#9622:||Action/Adventure||June 26, 2019|
|Coping With Frustration|
|#9596:||Spiritual||June 12, 2019|
|#9577:||Drama||June 05, 2019|
|On Being Different|
Being different doesn't mean your voice doesn't matter. The literary world needs fresh perspectives!
|#9571:||Action/Adventure||May 29, 2019|
|The Darkness Inside|
|#9550:||Spiritual||May 15, 2019|
|You Are Beautiful|
|#9521:||Action/Adventure||May 01, 2019|
What makes you laugh with and cry with your favourite characters? What can you do to make readers love yours?
|#9496:||Spiritual||April 17, 2019|
|#9487:||Drama||April 10, 2019|
|#9472:||Action/Adventure||April 03, 2019|
|Are You Ready For Game of Thrones?|
|#9446:||Spiritual||March 20, 2019|
|Dreams of the Past|
|#9435:||Drama||March 13, 2019|
|#9419:||Action/Adventure||March 06, 2019|
|The Power of Love|
|#9394:||Spiritual||February 20, 2019|
|The Futility of Hate|
When someone wrongs us, hate can blossom. But hatred is a destructive force that hurts the one experiencing it...
|#9372:||Drama||February 13, 2019|
|Lots of Love|
|#9319:||Action/Adventure||February 06, 2019|
|Are You Stuck? Let's Find A Solution!|
|#9349:||Spiritual||January 23, 2019|
|#9330:||Drama||January 16, 2019|
|A Touch of Culture|
|#9131:||Action/Adventure||January 09, 2019|
|Here's to a Creative Year!|
|#9299:||Spiritual||December 26, 2018|
|New Year, New Beginnings|
|#9286:||Drama||December 19, 2018|
|A Quiet Haven in the Storm|
|#9277:||Action/Adventure||December 12, 2018|
|The Holidays Are Coming!|
|#9251:||Spiritual||November 28, 2018|
|The World of Dreams|
|#9236:||Drama||November 21, 2018|
|Keep Yourself Safe|
Relationships - be they friendships, family or romantic relationships - can be unhealthy. Here are some signs.
|#9223:||Action/Adventure||November 14, 2018|
|The Importance of Being Genuine|
|#9205:||Spiritual||October 31, 2018|
|Don't Be Afraid This Halloween|
|#9192:||Drama||October 24, 2018|
|Something Old, Something New|
|#9176:||Action/Adventure||October 17, 2018|
|What's Your Next Adventure?|
|#9155:||Spiritual||October 03, 2018|
|What Do You Stand For?|
|#9143:||Drama||September 26, 2018|
|A Game of Cat Chess|
There's a strategic game of cat chess going on in my street. I hope that the end result will be a good one.
|#9132:||Action/Adventure||September 19, 2018|
|The Psychology of Action|
|#9106:||Spiritual||September 05, 2018|
|The Good Place|
|#9094:||Drama||August 29, 2018|
|Daydreams and Nightmares|
|#9067:||Action/Adventure||August 22, 2018|
|Lie to Me|
Life is turbulent, and there are no guarantees of a happy ending. Still, imagine if all stories reflected reality...
|#9046:||Spiritual||August 08, 2018|
|Is Humility Always a Virtue?|
|#9032:||Drama||August 01, 2018|
|#9022:||Action/Adventure||July 25, 2018|
|Let's Talk About the Weather|
Us Brits talk about the weather. A lot. What's it like where you are? And how do you use the weather in your writing?
|#9004:||Spiritual||July 11, 2018|
|Are You Okay?|
|#8989:||Drama||July 04, 2018|
|Our Life With Pets|
|#8976:||Action/Adventure||June 27, 2018|
|A Publishing Adventure|
Have you tried getting published before? Here are some tips from someone who's been through the process.
|#8956:||Spiritual||June 13, 2018|
|Moved By Music|
|#8940:||Drama||June 06, 2018|
|#8930:||Action/Adventure||May 30, 2018|
|On Thought Experiments|
Thought experiments can help you discover your own intuitions as well as help you find motivations for your characters.
|#8905:||Spiritual||May 16, 2018|
|The Importance of Being Humane|
We should treat the other with kindness and compassion, but sometimes that seems to go out of the window.
|#8892:||Drama||May 09, 2018|
|(Unfortunately) Common Misconceptions|
|#8882:||Action/Adventure||May 02, 2018|
|Don't Price Out Your Audience|
|#8859:||Spiritual||April 18, 2018|
|The Big Question|
|#8846:||Drama||April 11, 2018|
|Writing When Stressed|
|#8838:||Action/Adventure||April 04, 2018|
|#8803:||Drama||March 14, 2018|
|#8794:||Action/Adventure||March 07, 2018|
|A Hero Like You|
|#8770:||Spiritual||February 21, 2018|
|#8760:||Drama||February 14, 2018|
|Valentine's Day Drama|
|#8748:||Action/Adventure||February 07, 2018|
|Making the Time to Write|
|#8725:||Spiritual||January 24, 2018|
|Coping With Pain|
How do you cope with physical and/or mental pain? Especially when you are dealing with it long-term?
|#8713:||Drama||January 17, 2018|
|Writing Drama For Teens and Pre-teens|
|#8700:||Action/Adventure||January 10, 2018|
|A Spoofy Learning Experience|
|#8675:||Spiritual||December 27, 2017|
|Looking Towards The New Year|
|#8664:||Drama||December 20, 2017|
|#8651:||Action/Adventure||December 13, 2017|
|Feel the Fear...|
|#8624:||Spiritual||November 29, 2017|
|Creating a Fictional Religion|
When you are writing a story, you can find yourself creating a fictional religion. It can be an interesting process!
|#8616:||Drama||November 22, 2017|
|On Writing Contests|
It can be fun to submit your work to off-site writing contests. Unfortunately, you have to tread with care...
|#8603:||Action/Adventure||November 15, 2017|
By creating young characters you can inspire younger readers. But it can be a challenge to develop them...
|#8580:||Spiritual||November 01, 2017|
|On Personal Boundaries|
We all have personal boundaries that we'd like to be respected. In turn, we should respect other people's.
|#8569:||Drama||October 25, 2017|
|People With Autism in Fiction|
There's been an increase in fictional characters with Autism. Sadly, they can be rather stereotypical...
|#8538:||Action/Adventure||October 18, 2017|
|The Danger of Fear|
Action/Adventure stories often overcome that which we fear. The problem is that that can reinforce stereotypes.
|#8535:||Spiritual||October 04, 2017|
|Do Not Do Harm|
Our Writing.Com community shows that people can get along. How do we spread that to the wider world?
|#8524:||Drama||September 27, 2017|
|On Dialogue and Action|
|#8512:||Action/Adventure||September 20, 2017|
|On Contests and Rules|
Contests and challenges have to have rules. This newsletter has some tips for both entrants and hosts.
|#8484:||Spiritual||September 06, 2017|
|#8472:||Drama||August 30, 2017|
|Getting Published Isn't Everything|
Many writers would love to get published. Sadly, some companies take advantage of this. Be careful out there.
|#8462:||Action/Adventure||August 23, 2017|
|The Quiet Times|
The times between the action can offer the opportunity for the reader and the writer to fully explore the characters.
|#8435:||Spiritual||August 09, 2017|
|You Have The Power To Change The World|
|#8424:||Drama||August 02, 2017|
|Off To A Good Start|
Writing the opening paragraphs of your story or novel is a daunting task. Here are some things to avoid!
|#8390:||Spiritual||July 12, 2017|
|The Kindness of Strangers|
We all go through stuff. It may not always show, but we do. That is why kind gestures can make a difference.
|#8375:||Drama||July 05, 2017|
Game of Thrones is just around the corner, and W.Com members are preparing for it already. But what's it all about?
|#8364:||Action/Adventure||June 28, 2017|
|#8340:||Spiritual||June 14, 2017|
|The Trouble With Assumptions|
|#8329:||Drama||June 07, 2017|
|On Whispers and Secrets|
|#8315:||Action/Adventure||May 31, 2017|
|The Moral of the Story|
|#8293:||Spiritual||May 17, 2017|
Giving your characters a faith to follow can be an interesting challenge. Especially if it's not your own.
|#8281:||Drama||May 10, 2017|
|Drama, Politics and Words|
|#8266:||Action/Adventure||May 03, 2017|
|#8246:||Spiritual||April 19, 2017|
|On The Right Path|
|#8235:||Drama||April 12, 2017|
|On Historical Fiction|
Blending what we know of the past with our imagination isn't easy, but it can be a very worthwhile effort.
|#8220:||Action/Adventure||April 05, 2017|
|A Quills Adventure|
|#8195:||Spiritual||March 22, 2017|
It is nice to inspire others with your writing. But what is the best way to get your message across?
|#8182:||Drama||March 15, 2017|
Losing someone you love is difficult. Things get even more complicated if you can't mourn them as you wish.
|#8173:||Action/Adventure||March 08, 2017|
|Animals in Action/Adventure|
|#8144:||Spiritual||February 22, 2017|
You don't have to believe exactly the same things as your friends. Diversity in views can enrich your life.
|#8134:||Drama||February 15, 2017|
|Valentine's Day Drama|
It's that day of the year when everything can go very right, or horribly wrong. Writers can make good use of that.
|#8121:||Action/Adventure||February 08, 2017|
|When Inspiration Is Lacking|
|#8096:||Spiritual||January 25, 2017|
|Who Matters? You do.|
|#8084:||Drama||January 18, 2017|
|To Twist, Or Not To Twist?|
|#8075:||Action/Adventure||January 11, 2017|
|Action/Adventure in Poetry|
Poetry may not be the first thing many people think of when it comes to A/A, but that doesn't mean it's not an option!
|#8050:||Spiritual||December 28, 2016|
|#8041:||Drama||December 21, 2016|
|You and Your Blog|
Your blog is an excellent place to vent, as well as a place to watch your life unfold over the years.
|#8028:||Action/Adventure||December 14, 2016|
|Writer's Block? Challenge Yourself!|
Many writers go through it at one point or another - the dreaded writer's block. What to do? Challenge yourself!
|#8002:||Spiritual||November 30, 2016|
|You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are|
Sometimes, life will make you feel weak. No matter how you feel, though, you are stronger than you think you are.
|#7991:||Drama||November 23, 2016|
|The Importance Of Saying "I Love You"|
|#7978:||Action/Adventure||November 16, 2016|
|End of the Year Adventures|
|#7950:||Spiritual||November 02, 2016|
|What Is Love?|
We talk a lot about love. We love this person, that pet, this food, that thing... But what is it to love, really?
|#7939:||Drama||October 26, 2016|
|Those Tricky Little Words|
Some words are incredibly handy components of sentence construction. Sadly, they're also easy to overuse...
|#7925:||Action/Adventure||October 19, 2016|
|On Location and Travel|
|#7898:||Spiritual||October 05, 2016|
|Don't Sweat the Small Stuff|
|#7887:||Drama||September 28, 2016|
|Using Comedy Elements in Drama|
Using comedy elements in your drama stories can offer relief and heighten the impact of emotional scenes.
|#7874:||Action/Adventure||September 21, 2016|
|Try Something New|
|#7846:||Spiritual||September 07, 2016|
|Your Journey Is Unique|
|#7837:||Drama||August 31, 2016|
|The Power of Collaboration|
|#7824:||Action/Adventure||August 24, 2016|
|Incoming Writing.Com Action!|
|#7798:||Spiritual||August 10, 2016|
Is it possible that we are granted multiple lifetimes? There are those who certainly believe this to be the case.
|#7784:||Drama||August 03, 2016|
|The Dramatic Journey of the Superhero|
The Superhero genre is not merely about big battles - the characters' internal journeys are just as important.
|#7772:||Action/Adventure||July 27, 2016|
|The Shock Factor|
|#7749:||Spiritual||July 13, 2016|
|We Are All Unique Individuals|
It's all too easy to see other people as failures. But we are all unique. We all have our very own skills and talents.
|#7736:||Drama||July 06, 2016|
|Winter Has Come|
The Game of Thrones is on, on Writing.Com. How does this benefit you if you are not an active participant?
|#7723:||Action/Adventure||June 29, 2016|
|Too Much Of An Adventure|
|#7697:||Spiritual||June 15, 2016|
|Life is like a Game of Thrones|
|#7685:||Drama||June 08, 2016|
|#7684:||Romance/Love||June 08, 2016|
|Don't Be Ashamed Of Romantic Comedy!|
|#7671:||Action/Adventure||June 01, 2016|
|The Writing.Com Adventure|
Writing.Com is a big site, that can be daunting to explore. Be brave, and have an adventure! It's worth it.
|#7670:||Contests & Activities||June 01, 2016|
|Judging Your Contest|
|#7651:||Spiritual||May 18, 2016|
|You Are Loved|
|#7639:||Drama||May 11, 2016|
|Life's Little Dramas|
|#7627:||Action/Adventure||May 04, 2016|
|And Then They Kiss...|
One-dimensional characters whose only purpose is to fall in love with the hero? Please, give me a break...
|#7615:||Comedy||April 27, 2016|
|In Your Face!|
The written word doesn't come with a laughter track, but that does not mean that it isn't possible to try too hard.
|#7599:||Spiritual||April 20, 2016|
|Writing in the Spiritual Genre|
|#7588:||Drama||April 13, 2016|
Quest-based stories can be fun to write, and attract a wide audience. Just be careful to avoid clichés!
|#7573:||Poetry||April 06, 2016|
|Don't Silence Your Poetic Voice|
|#7574:||Action/Adventure||April 06, 2016|
|The Final Battle|
The moment has arrived - it is time for the final battle. Your characters are ready, your readers are ready - now what?
|#7549:||Spiritual||March 23, 2016|
|#7537:||Horror/Scary||March 16, 2016|
|Expect the Unexpected|
|#7536:||Drama||March 16, 2016|
|Writing Drama for Young Adults|
Writing drama for teenagers and young adults can be tricky, to say the least. But it can also be truly rewarding.
|#7513:||Comedy||March 02, 2016|
|The Humour in Politics|
Politics can be boring, frustrating, infuriating, even. Sometimes, though, it offers some comic relief.
|#7494:||Spiritual||February 24, 2016|
|Bringing Order Into Chaos|
Life is chaotic. Humanity is chaotic. Can religion truly bring us the order we desire, or is it a lost cause?
|#7493:||Horror/Scary||February 24, 2016|
|The Horrors of the Mind|
|#7489:||Comedy||February 17, 2016|
|Writing Should Be Fun!|
Do you cringe when you receive a rating that is lower than you expected? Don't. Just enjoy yourself!
|#7471:||Drama||February 10, 2016|
|The Gems of Self-published Drama|
There are some pretty good reads to be found from self-published authors and small publishing houses. Try them!
|#7447:||Spiritual||January 27, 2016|
|Gratitude and Entitlement|
Do you expect gratitude from those you help? Do you feel entitled to it? Are there limits to what one can expect?
|#7448:||Drama||January 27, 2016|
|The Trouble With Legal Drama|
|#7438:||Fantasy||January 20, 2016|
|Stereotypes in Fiction|
|#7423:||Drama||January 13, 2016|
|And They Lived Happily Ever After...|
|#7398:||Spiritual||December 30, 2015|
|Drawing A Line Under The Past|
A new year, a new start? Possibly. But change does not have to happen on a set date. It can happen at any time.
|#7373:||Drama||December 16, 2015|
|The Drama of Christmas|
|#7352:||Spiritual||December 02, 2015|
|#7329:||Drama||November 18, 2015|
|On Courage and Kindness|
No matter the situation, there are always those who are good, and brave, and kind. Those who make a difference.
|#7306:||Spiritual||November 04, 2015|
|Illness and Heroism|
There is no question that those living with illness are brave. However, it is an unfair burden to expect heroism.
|#7281:||Drama||October 21, 2015|
|#7258:||Spiritual||October 07, 2015|
|Why Your Rights Matter|
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out the rights we are born with. We should protect these rights.
|#7229:||Drama||September 23, 2015|
|Drama of the Rich and Famous|
|#7180:||Drama||August 26, 2015|
|Disabilities in Drama|
People with disabilities are not necessarily tragic heroes or heroines. Everyone is different. Everyone is unique.
|#7157:||Spiritual||August 12, 2015|
|It's a Thin Line Between Heaven and Here|
Some people face more obstacles than others. This is true in life, as well as on the path to the afterlife.
|#7126:||Drama||July 29, 2015|
|Writing Drama For A Younger Audience|
|#7104:||Spiritual||July 15, 2015|
|The Human Connection|
We all need other people in our lives. For some of us, however, having a connection with others is complicated...
|#7077:||Drama||July 01, 2015|
|The Trouble With Time Travel|
Time travel is a fascinating concept, filled with potential for drama. Unfortunately, it has its pitfalls.
|#7053:||Spiritual||June 17, 2015|
|What Are Your Values?|
What are your values? Are you the kind of person you want to be, or does life keep getting in the way?
|#7028:||Drama||June 03, 2015|
Every character has at least one goal, one dream, one aim... but what happens when their goals are in conflict?
|#6973:||Drama||May 06, 2015|
|#6949:||Spiritual||April 22, 2015|
|Let Them Pick Cherries|
Religion is often seen as a package deal. But is that the best approach to take, or is "cherry picking" acceptable?
|#6899:||Spiritual||March 25, 2015|
|Do Talk About Religion and Politics!|
|#6873:||Drama||March 11, 2015|
|#6849:||Spiritual||February 25, 2015|
|On Intrinsic Value|
What has value? How do we decide whether or not it does? And what are the consequences of those decisions?
|#6824:||Drama||February 11, 2015|
|Writing an Engaging Autobiography|
Putting your life into words isn't easy. Here are some tips to help you along, and some pitfalls to avoid.
|#6800:||Spiritual||January 28, 2015|
|Why Do You Believe What You Believe?|
As spiritual people, we all face questions, amongst others, "Why do you believe what you believe?" What is your answer?
|#6773:||Drama||January 14, 2015|
|We Shouldn't Let Our Voices Fade...|
When publishing our work, we are likely to attract negative reactions. That doesn't mean we should censor ourselves.
|#6746:||Spiritual||December 31, 2014|
|On Prayer and Meditation|
Do you find it easy to pray, or to meditate? Or do you struggle connect, with a Higher Power, or even with yourself?
|#6721:||Drama||December 17, 2014|
|What Have You Learned This Year?|
|#6696:||Spiritual||December 03, 2014|
|Lift People Up, Don't Drag Them Down!|
|#6672:||Drama||November 19, 2014|
|The Paradox of Painful Art|
The paradox of painful art highlights the fact that in art, we seek out what we would normally avoid. Can you solve it?
|#6645:||Spiritual||November 05, 2014|
|The Importance of "Me" Time|
|#6620:||Drama||October 22, 2014|
|The Power of Politics|
Politics is all around us. It affects our lives on a day-to-day basis. And it can inspire amazing drama stories.
|#6592:||Spiritual||October 08, 2014|
|When Fiction Inspires Reality|
|#6568:||Drama||September 24, 2014|
|#6544:||Spiritual||September 10, 2014|
|The Trouble with Stereotypes|
In-groups, out-groups, stereotypes and biases. We're likely to be affected by them. Even when writing and reviewing!
|#6519:||Drama||August 27, 2014|
|Life and Roller Coasters|
It's sometimes said that life is like a roller coaster. This week's newsletter explains why that's not a good thing!
|#6491:||Spiritual||August 13, 2014|
|A Day of Compassion|
|#6462:||Drama||July 30, 2014|
|Drama, War and Social Upheaval|
|#6439:||Spiritual||July 16, 2014|
|Who Can You Trust?|
Trust can be difficult to give, and just as difficult to earn. Still, you have to trust in someone or something.
|#6412:||Drama||July 02, 2014|
|The Importance of Depth and Detail|
If you want your readers to relate to your heroes and heroines, you must offer them something to relate to.
|#6386:||Spiritual||June 18, 2014|
|#6359:||Drama||June 04, 2014|
|Why Fantasy and Drama Go Hand in Hand|
|#6334:||Spiritual||May 21, 2014|
|May You Live In Interesting Times...|
We are facing interesting times, in society and politics as well as in our faith. Let it not divide us.
|#6309:||Drama||May 07, 2014|
|The Loss of a Loved One|
It is difficult - perhaps even impossible - to describe what the loss of a loved one truly feels like.
|#6286:||Spiritual||April 23, 2014|
|Do You Know Your Calling?|
|#6255:||Drama||April 09, 2014|
|Every Story is a Puzzle|
Every story is a problem to be solved, and should offer a satisfying solution. But you don't have to play it safe!
|#6233:||Spiritual||March 26, 2014|
|There Is Such A Thing As A Selfless Deed|
The saying that there is no such thing as a completely selfless deed is, quite frankly, nonsense. Here's why...
|#6208:||Drama||March 12, 2014|
|Can Only The Young Be Romantic Heroines?|
Once a woman reaches the age of forty, she seems to be typecast as the mother, the widow, or the eccentric spinster.
|#6183:||Spiritual||February 26, 2014|
|Of Wealthy Nations and Food Banks|
Food banks are springing up around the UK, reflecting an increasing demand for assistance with life's basic necessities.
|#6159:||Drama||February 12, 2014|
|Holding Out For A (Wealthy) Hero|
Romance novels are full of wish fulfillment. Unrealistic as they may be, though, they do have a certain appeal.
|#6131:||Spiritual||January 29, 2014|
|The Beauty and Complexity of Trust|
|#6104:||Drama||January 15, 2014|
|Drama Inspires Drama|
Have you ever read a novel and thought, "I've been here before?" It's not just amateur writers who write fan-fiction.
|#6081:||Spiritual||January 01, 2014|
|How Have You Grown in 2013?|
It's the end of the old year, and the beginning of a new one - a time to look back and head forward.
|#6053:||Drama||December 18, 2013|
|Revisiting Old Friends|
Watching an old TV series or opening the pages of an old novel feels like meeting up with a friend you lost touch with.
|#6034:||Spiritual||December 04, 2013|
|#6010:||Drama||November 20, 2013|
|Your Winning Formula|
|#5983:||Spiritual||November 06, 2013|
|Do Animals Have Souls?|
Are human beings the only beings to possess a soul? It's an old debate, but an interesting one, and one worth having.
|#5958:||Drama||October 23, 2013|
|Facing Your Dragons|
Confronting your deepest and darkest experiences is frightening, but it can help you write some of your best stories.
|#5936:||Spiritual||October 09, 2013|
|Reaching Out Beyond Our Faith|
|#5910:||Drama||September 25, 2013|
|The American Dream and the Crab Bucket|
|#5883:||Spiritual||September 11, 2013|
|Does Our Past Dictate Our Future?|
How much of our lives do we spend overcoming our upbringing? Can we ever escape our early lessons completely?
|#5858:||Drama||August 28, 2013|
|Easygoing Drama - Is It Possible?|
Drama is a wonderful genre, but it doesn't provide the easiest of reads. Is it possible to strike a balance?
|#5847:||Horror/Scary||August 21, 2013|
|No Need To Gross Me Out!|
Horror doesn't have to be graphic. After all, you're trying to scare them, not make them feel sick...
|#5836:||Spiritual||August 14, 2013|
|A Wish Upon A Shooting Star|
|#5826:||Mystery||August 07, 2013|
|The Mystery of the Criminal Mind|
Does the mystery of how the criminal mind works explain part of the reason we love the Mystery genre?
|#5812:||Drama||July 31, 2013|
|As, but, just, then, so, though...|
|#5802:||Fantasy||July 24, 2013|
|Not All Elves Have Pointy Ears|
At least, they shouldn't have to. It's your story, and your creations can be whatever you want them to be.
|#5789:||Spiritual||July 17, 2013|
|The Different Roads of Grief|
Grief is difficult to deal with. And everyone handles it in a different manner. That should be respected.
|#5788:||Action/Adventure||July 17, 2013|
|Who's That Again?|
When a reader feels like they have to draw a character map to keep track of who is who, something is wrong.
|#5761:||Drama||July 03, 2013|
|Migration - A Source of Inspiration|
Lesley Pearse was onto something when she wrote about migration. It's a rich source of inspiration for a Drama writer.
|#5751:||Comedy||June 26, 2013|
|Married with Children|
When are you going to get married? When will you have children? Those questions drive me up the wall! Here's why...
|#5740:||Action/Adventure||June 19, 2013|
|Do They Have To Kiss?|
They face danger together. An attraction forms. It's inevitable and therefore predictable. Do they really have to kiss?
|#5739:||Spiritual||June 19, 2013|
|The Power of Acceptance|
|#5716:||Drama||June 05, 2013|
You get to choose your friends, but not your family. And some of us come from pretty weird families...
|#5689:||Spiritual||May 22, 2013|
|Faith, Logic and Reason|
|#5673:||Mystery||May 15, 2013|
|The Benefits of Authenticity|
When you know where you are going and what you are on about, the details you add help create a feeling of authenticity.
|#5656:||Drama||May 08, 2013|
|The Value of Friendship|
Romance is the center point of many novels. However, the usefulness of friendship should not be underestimated!
|#5647:||Comedy||May 01, 2013|
|The Trouble With Writing Comedy...|
Writing genuinely funny Comedy is not easy; humor is subjective. How, then, do you make people laugh?
|#5634:||Spiritual||April 24, 2013|
Evolution is natural. It's made us who we are today and shapes us into the people - and writers - we will be tomorrow.
|#5611:||Drama||April 10, 2013|
|The Appeal of the Familiar|
Drama can take place anywhere. The sky is not the limit. Just make sure you don't alienate the reader completely!
|#5593:||Spiritual||March 27, 2013|
There is a contest entry to finish, and an essay to write, and I'll definitely work on them.. after this cup of tea.
|#5566:||Drama||March 13, 2013|
|Giving Your Characters A Voice|
|#5542:||Spiritual||February 26, 2013|
|Sharing Items of Faith|
Sharing items can be daunting, and sharing faith-based items especially so. How do you deal with it?
|#5517:||Drama||February 12, 2013|
|Animals in the Drama Genre|
A clever cat. A faithful dog. They have a well-deserved place in fiction. But why do they often have to suffer or die?
|#5446:||Spiritual||January 01, 2013|
|A Year's Lessons|
|#5419:||Drama||December 18, 2012|
|Embracing the Classics|
|#5400:||Spiritual||December 04, 2012|
|Season of Joy and Goodwill|
|#5356:||Spiritual||November 06, 2012|
|Keep Your Eyes And Ears Wide Open|
What is seen as acceptable? Why is it, or why is it not? It is good to question where societal norms come from.
|#5330:||Drama||October 24, 2012|
|Terrible Bestsellers? How Strange!|
Everyone says they are terrible, and yet everyone seems to have read them. How does that work, then?
|#5306:||Spiritual||October 10, 2012|
|Words Have Power|
|#5282:||Drama||September 26, 2012|
|Characters Have A Right To Grieve|
|#5234:||Drama||August 29, 2012|
|A Sigh of Relief|
|#5211:||Spiritual||August 15, 2012|
|A Modern-day Witch-hunt|
Lazy. Work-shy. Scroungers. These are the unjust labels attached to people with disabilities in modern society.
|#5185:||Drama||August 01, 2012|
|Write About What You Know|
"Write about what you know" is a piece of advice commonly given. It doesn't mean you have to limit yourself!
|#5164:||Spiritual||July 18, 2012|
|Home, Sweet Home|
Where is home? Sometimes it's not where others would like you to feel at home, or even where you'd like it to be...
|#5132:||Drama||July 04, 2012|
|Non-fiction? Not As Easy As It Seems!|
The Innocent Man by John Grisham - it takes true talent to create a fascinating read out of reality and facts.
|#5112:||Spiritual||June 20, 2012|
|Pass it Forward|
|#5096:||Fantasy||June 13, 2012|
|Don't Be Afraid Of Adventure!|
|#5086:||Drama||June 06, 2012|
|Drama? It's an Experience.|
|#5085:||Comedy||June 06, 2012|
|#5063:||Spiritual||May 23, 2012|
|#5048:||Mystery||May 16, 2012|
|Considering the Basics|
First person or third? Past or present tense? Tone, language... all these need to be considered when writing a story.
|#5014:||Action/Adventure||April 25, 2012|
|A Different Kind of Hero|
One Man. Sassy Heroine. Inept or moody Anti-Hero. How many of these stereotypical characters do we need?
|#5009:||Spiritual||April 25, 2012|
|The Nature of a Soul|
|#4997:||Action/Adventure||April 18, 2012|
|Care About Your Characters|
|#4982:||Comedy||April 11, 2012|
|Subtle or Brash? Tread With Care!|
Some people like their comedy subtle. Some like it "in your face". It's tricky territory for a comedy writer...
|#4961:||Spiritual||March 28, 2012|
|Faith and the Supernatural|
|#4906:||Spiritual||February 29, 2012|
|I Love You|
|#4856:||Spiritual||February 01, 2012|
|We All Share This Planet|
We may inhabit different countries, have different views and different faiths, but there's no need for xenophobia.
|#4806:||Spiritual||January 04, 2012|
|New Year, New Start|
A new year, a new start. But whilst it's good to make plans, we should remember to ask ourselves why we want change.
|#4754:||Spiritual||December 06, 2011|
|Embrace Your Potential|
What's the worst thing that can happen? What's the best thing that can happen is a better question. So try!
|#4704:||Spiritual||November 08, 2011|
|If You Could Be Any Animal...|
|#4666:||Spiritual||October 12, 2011|
|Living a Lie|
|#4639:||Drama||September 28, 2011|
|Emotion Should Be Embraced|
|#4615:||Spiritual||September 14, 2011|
|Everyone Deserves a Chance|
|#4603:||Mystery||September 07, 2011|
|Mystery Writers, Don't Follow Bad Trends|
|#4594:||Comedy||August 31, 2011|
|The Importance of Laughter|
|#4567:||Spiritual||August 17, 2011|
|Who Are You?|
|#4546:||Horror/Scary||August 10, 2011|
|The Fear of the Familiar|
|#4513:||Spiritual||July 20, 2011|
|How Would You Change the World?|
|#4468:||Spiritual||June 22, 2011|
|Soulmates- Reality or Comforting Notion?|
There's someone for everyone, or so we're told. Is this really the case, or is it merely a comforting thought?
|#4410:||Spiritual||May 25, 2011|
|Equal Rights and Equal Choice|
|#4365:||Spiritual||April 27, 2011|
|Love Is In The Air|
|#4317:||Spiritual||March 30, 2011|
|Those Moments of Inner Calm|
|#4221:||Spiritual||February 02, 2011|
|Everyone Needs A Hobby|
|#4171:||Spiritual||January 05, 2011|
|A Spark Of Light In The Darkness|
|#4123:||Spiritual||December 07, 2010|
|The Battle Of Good Versus Evil|
|#4072:||Spiritual||November 09, 2010|
|Preparing for the Holidays|
|#4021:||Spiritual||October 13, 2010|
|The Magic of Childhood|
|#3972:||Spiritual||September 15, 2010|
|#3924:||Spiritual||August 18, 2010|
|Finding The Path For You|
Finding the right faith for you can be a wonderful journey - but beware of those who make false promises!
|#3869:||Spiritual||July 21, 2010|
|Travelling Around The Net|
Have you been on an Internet journey lately? If not, I encourage you to do so. You never know what's out there...
|#3821:||Spiritual||June 23, 2010|
|The Death Of A Character|
The concept of death can be a powerful tool in a writer's arsenal. However, it is one that should be used with care...
|#3764:||Spiritual||May 26, 2010|
|The Benefits of Kindness|