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Rusty garden gate

Welcome to the Darkroom where we open our photo album to you to help spark your creativity. Each week we offer a new photo, but the story is yours to write. The Rules, because there are always rules: 1. The photo is here to spark


Self Edit vs ProEdit

“Editing is like killing your story, and very slowly bringing it back to life.” -Unknown That quote pretty much covers it. We spend months – or years – focused on one story, one group of characters, and one plot (for hours at a time). We then take that


The Fichtean Curve

This week we continue on with our story structure series. Today we will be looking at the Fichtean Curve. The Fichtean Curve is a popular story structure used by writers across genres from YA to fantasy to short stories. This structure has proven to work

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Buttered Zealot

The Master Class has returned! Every week, I will introduce you to three prompts. Choose one, write about it, link up, and move to the head of the class. It’s that simple. The rules: Read the prompts. Write a story answering the prompt. This can


Worldbuilding- It’s Not Just For Fantasy

Every time we sit down to write fiction, we are worldbuilding.  The term often brings the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre to mind but I know that in my genre, Romantic Suspense, I create worlds also. In my current book, SHARK BAIT, I created Belton Bay.  It’s

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Golden Bell Studios

Sometimes we have the opportunity to interview businesses dedicated to writing and creativity. Today’s interview is one of these, with a fantastic group of people who create children’s comic books for a living. How fun! First let us say how excited we are to support

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Compromised Identity by Jodie Bailey

Under surveillance Staff Sergeant Jessica Dylan confronts a female soldier in the act of stealing her laptop—and almost pays with her life. But a blue-eyed mystery man rushes to her aid just in time, and Jessica learns the handsome army staff sergeant has been investigating

Unrequited Summer

Midsummer Mischmasch: Unrequited Summer by Mandy Melanson

We had so many great entries for the Midsummer Mischmasch contest, our judges had a hard time choosing their favorites. Today’s special delivery comes from Mandy Melanson, whose Shakespearean poetry took 3rd place in our contest. Enjoy! (PS Wondering who won? Buy a copy of

writing advice

Writing Advice from a Publisher

Our advice comes to you today from Motherspider Publishing owner, Jennifer FitzGerald. She has some publishers advice for you.  Writing Advice from a Publisher Authors are a very different breed of people, in my opinion. As a micro-press owner, I have found the handling of authors

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