Monthly Archives: April 2017

Diversity in Character and Setting

One of the first pieces of advice writers get is write what you know….where’s the fun in that? If we don’t expand our horizons, research new things, then how are we to grow as writers and as humans? Still, if you are going to be

Book Review: A Merchant in Oria by David Wiley

Title: A Merchant in Oria Author: David Wiley Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult Amazon rating: 5 stars Firion is a young merchant descended from generations of merchants. His first big break comes along when he sets out to trade with the wealthy Dwarven kingdom of Oria. He has

Friday Flash Fiction Train

Friday Flash Fiction Train

All aboard the Friday Flash Fiction Train! Each week, a new prompt will take us to parts unknown – sit back, check out the prompt, and enjoy the ride. But first, some rules. Every week, a random prompt will be posted on Friday. Participants have until

Harness the Power of Loud

I had a hard time finding an image to go along with this post because obviously “loud” is something experienced through our ears. So how can you get your readers to “hear” loud using only the written word? One answer is to focus on how

Balancing the Bankbook

Authors face many obstacles when building a career from writing. Not the least of these obstacles is money. Some authors work day jobs (or night jobs) and write in their spare time or stolen minutes at dawn or dusk. They bemoan the needed 9-5 that

King me

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

Coldly Calculating: Twenty Four Seven

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

Using Other Media For Inspiration

“I want to write, I just don’t know what  to write.” “I have nothing new to say.” “I’m bored with my own writing.” We’ve all been there before. Feeling the itch to write, but drawing a blank when sitting before the computer screen or notepad.

How to Overcome Writer Burnout

Writer burnout. It feels a lot like writer’s block. You sit down at your desk and stare at the blank page and your mind buzzes. You’re stressed to the max and just plain overworked and it’s showing up to haunt you. Burnout happens to us

I put a spell on you

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

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