Monthly Archives: March 2017

Author Obstacles: A Blessing or a Curse?

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

Back in the day

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

Tips for Writing an Epic Western Part 3: The Final Roundup

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

On Hearing Voices

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. 

Coldly Calculating: The Whole Nine Yards

  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

I solemnly swear

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

Accepting Edits

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

Editing Romantic Suspense

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

Assignment: Wry Wit

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

Author Renee Scattergood

Name: Renee Scattergood Latest Release: Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18) Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy Email: reneescatts@gmail.com 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

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