Month: March 2017

Author Obstacles: A Blessing or a Curse?
March 31, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

Ask any author what’s stopping them from writing more novels, novellas, short stories, or poetry, and you’ll get a wide assortment of answers! Here are some of the most common answers: I have to work a day job to pay the bills while I’m building up my author platform. I don’t have the money to

Back in the day
March 30, 2017 The Darkroom,Writing,Writing Prompts Tara R

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 your imagination. Use it as the landscape for your story,

Tips for Writing an Epic Western Part 3: The Final Roundup
March 30, 2017 Writing Advice Eric Keizer

Howdy Pardners! I reckon y’all are doing fine on this beautiful March morning. For my part, I can smell the coffee pot Cookie has simmering over the campfire. The wind is gently blowing through the sage, and my Pinto is softly neighing for me to bring her some grass. My bedroll is strapped behind the

On Hearing Voices
March 29, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

No.  I’m not talking about literal voices.  What I am referring to are the different voices we refer to in writing.  There are two specific voices, and a few notes on style, to consider.  The first is character voice, and the second is author voice.  Then there is author style and editing problems to consider. 

Coldly Calculating: The Whole Nine Yards
March 29, 2017 Coldly Calculating,Writing Prompts A.L. Mabry

  A.L. Mabry will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece. This Week’s Prompt This phrase

I solemnly swear
March 28, 2017 Two Word Tuesday,Writing Prompts Tara R

Welcome to Two for Tuesday, where you are offered two similar, yet distinct, words to spark your imagination. One prompt will be an ordinary, oft used word. The other prompt will be a little more expressive, maybe even unfamiliar. Each word will include a definition to help get you started. “The most valuable of all talents is that

Accepting Edits
March 28, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Okay, so you’ve written a novel. Congratulations! That’s no easy feat, nor is it the last step of the writing process. Editing comes next. Now we’ve been talking about editing all month, what to do before you hire an editor, how to self-edit, and comma and semicolon use, but today we’re going to talk about

Editing Romantic Suspense
March 27, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

The general editing rules apply for all fiction genres, but they all have certain expectations specific to them.  Romantic Suspense is no different. If you write Romantic Suspense, make sure you find an editor who is familiar with the genre.  I did not check that on my first venture and was horribly disappointed and duped. 

Assignment: Wry Wit
March 27, 2017 Master Class,Writing Prompts Stephanie Ayers

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 mean you use the prompt as your title, somewhere in your

Author Renee Scattergood
March 26, 2017 Interviews Stephanie Ayers

Name: Renee Scattergood Latest Release: Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18) Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy Email: Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her

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