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Action/Adventure: March 13, 2019 Issue [#9437]

 This week: Getting Old
  Edited by: Leger~
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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Letter from the editor

I'm Getting Old

Okay, not ready to retire but on the verge of it and making plans to be situated comfortably. And as with all things, getting older means not always remembering what you're supposed to remember. I love factoids. I can remember the most useless of factoids and work them into a boring conversation, mostly to entertain myself.

But all things aside, it's a fact, you get older, you forget stuff. Or you don't even retain it in the first place. I can remember where I set down the new package of paperclips before I got them into my office...but where my keys are can be a mystery. They're not in the usual bowl I drop them in, and I had them in my hand when I came in with the paperclips. Gah.

Forgetfulness, maybe mere busyness, or even dementia can be a fun tool to create a twist in your story. I'm not saying write a whole chapter describing your character looking for their car keys, but a lost item can create distress, humor or a fun change to your timeline. So keep that in mind when you're looking for something comedic...or stuck in a rut with your writing.

And as always...Write On.

This month's question: Do you use common problems like lost keys to create a twist in your stories? How did you use that in your writing?
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Editor's Picks

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#2185112 by Not Available.

Excerpt: Leo woke, startled. He was sitting at a table with his head on his sax case. He blinked as he looked around. It looked like a dive, but it felt like more!

 The Knight  (E)
Most women dream of a Knight in shining armor to whisk them away. A thought about that.
#2157055 by Thomas Seeker

Excerpt: Many women dream of a knight in shining armor to come in to their lives, to carry them away. To live and love them forever in a fairy tale atmosphere. I wonder how much of that fantasy could be true. I am a romantic, but I will ask the hard questions. Is it only a mere fantasy, or is there a hope involved. Lets takes a look.

 The Galaxy's Best Pickers  (E)
Two professional scavengers and junk dealers discover they are merchandise and customers.
#2185051 by drdavis1999

Excerpt: "We're going to be famous all over the solar system!" Edward tossed the letter on his brother's desk. That a company sent an actual letter on hemp paper was a sign of a legitimate Big Deal these days.

The Pine Mare  (13+)
You can only believe in something for so long before it becomes real.
#2110015 by Scott Cooper

Excerpt: I’m mostly concerned with the house itself. It’s clearly ancient, built with sturdy gray stone, and in fine shape structurally, but the windows are cracked and the floor is blanketed with dirt and leaves. I’ll have to clean it before I stock the food; I have about two months’ worth.

Bleeding Hearts  (18+)
Lessons of love are everlasting
#1957252 by Eric Wharton

Excerpt: Once an idea found a lodging place in his wife's brain it was difficult to dislodge. It seemed as if ideas were lonely vagrants, floating aimlessly in search of a dependable home and, having found suitable terrain in her mind, they would sink their roots and thrive in the intelligent yet somewhat scattered environment of her secret garden. Still, it was one of the things that had drawn him to her.

Science Fiction Short Story Contest  (18+)
A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
#2140378 by BlackAdder

Excerpt: In my brief time here, I've come to really enjoy writing.com: the people, the stories, the contests, and the kind reviewers. However, I have really been missing out on some good short science fiction and an incentive to get involved with a community of writers who also enjoy it. To the end of inspiring both, I've decided to host a Science Fiction Short Story Contest.

Mid-Novel Blues  (E)
A few suggestions to continue writing the novel, if you get stumped at midpoint .
#1665899 by Joy

Excerpt: The eager writer starts his novel with excitement, since in the beginning, he thinks he has come up with everything; everything that is the setting, the characters, and the main points of the plot. Then, he reaches the middle of the plot and finds his characters behaving independently of him, while the blank page or the computer screen calls to him. Yet, he has nothing worthwhile to type, unless he has a highly detailed outline.

Kiya's St. Patty's Day Giveaway!  (ASR)
Winners announced! See you next year!
#1529111 by iKïyå§ama

Excerpt: It's time to make a toast and kiss the Blarney Stone! St. Patrick's Day comes but once a year! And as a way to celebrate not just my birthday, here's a chance to (celebrate) nominate someone to win any of the awesome 'pots-o-gold' below!

Short Shots: Official WDC Contest  (E)
Use the photo to inspire your creativity. Write a short story and win big prizes!
#1221635 by Writing.Com Support

The task is simple: Write a short story using the picture prompt as inspiration!

A Word To The Herd  (13+)
Choose Kindness From the Menu
#2018049 by ♥HOOves/Caroline♥the bus

Excerpt: It is not just one thing. The biggest thing is giving donations or bidding and winning, and then hearing......


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This month's question: Do you use common problems like lost keys to create a twist in your stories? How did you use that in your writing?
Answer below *Down* Editors love feedback! *Heart*

Last month's question: Have you used weather to cause change in your story?

Grin 'n Bear It! replied: I haven't yet factored weather into a story to effect change, but I think it's an excellent idea especially given how weather is an equalizer. No matter who you are, what you have, or who you know, weather, especially extreme weather, does not discriminate; there's no favoritism-- although luck may play a role when tornadoes hit.

Editing is BLUE responded: I try to use everything thing in our lives to enhance the story. Not in the first draft, but in the second I try to find ways that setting will cause excitement, happiness or even conflict. An argument can arise over what to bring in case of a snow storm or flood. Little details that draw the reader closer to the characters.

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