Month: May 2017

Coldly Calculating: All Told
May 31, 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 It’s the final
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World Building When You Have No Set System
May 31, 2017 Writing Advice Tiffany Woodbeck

When delving into the process of world building, many topics need to be considered. Coming up with the bones, flesh, and blood of the story’s body is, quite frankly, an intimidating prospect. It takes time to develop a system to bring them together. What are the people like? Are they humanoid? Do they have pointy
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Five Don’ts for World Building
May 30, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Now, all month we have talked about world building here at OWS. We talked about the basics, diversity and world building, adding depth, and which questions to ask while world building. Today, let’s talk about some don’ts to avoid because good world building is not just what to do, but what not to do. Don’t
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It was a dark and stormy night
May 30, 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
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How to Avoid OVERbuilding a World
May 29, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

One of my very favorite parts of being a fantasy writer is being able to build my own worlds. I get to design my own cities, economies, religions, political structures, empires, and more. The thing I enjoyed most about writing my first novel (Blade of the Destroyer) was following my main character on his tour
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Assignment: Fragrant Fiction
May 29, 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
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How to Plan a Marketing Schedule
May 28, 2017 Angells 4 Authors Heidi Angell

Hello Lovely authors! The key to success as an author: strong marketing! The first step to that is having a marketing plan. Every year, I spend from Thanksgiving until Christmas putting together my annual business plan, and one of the key elements of that business plan is the marketing.  If you didn’t do this yet,
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Book Review: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
May 27, 2017 Book Reviews Stephanie Ayers

Title: The War of Art: Break through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles Genre: Reference Author: Steven Pressfield Rating: 4.5 The Art of War meets “The Artist’s Way” in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind. Reviewed by: Stephanie Ayers Rating: 5 stars Review: It will amaze you how right Pressman is
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Dress Up Description: Harness the Power of Big
May 26, 2017 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

All month long, Our Write Side bloggers have been bringing you advice about how to build a spectacular, but believable, world for your story. One tried and true way to inspire awe is to include larger than life elements in your settings. This applies to space stations and alien monsters every bit as much as
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Friday Flash Fiction Train
May 26, 2017 Friday Fiction,Writing Prompts Kat Avila

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 Wednesday at 12:00 PM EST to write and submit a response
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