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Don’t be scared
June 27, 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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13 Villain Cliches to Avoid
June 27, 2017 Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Villains can be a powerful force in our stories. After all, there is no story without conflict and villains provide that conflict. But too often, villains turn into clichés. Let’s look at 13 villain clichés to avoid. He wears all black, with maybe flashes of blood red. He has black eyes that bore into you.
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Weaving Different Types of Antagonists
June 26, 2017 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

By the time I got to this last column, I was running short on ideas. Our fearless leader suggested I go with how I deal with antagonists in my novels. In films, actors and actresses will often say that playing the bad guy is way more fun than the other roles. There is just so
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Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus
June 24, 2017 Book Reviews Kat Avila

Title: Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus Genre: Fantasy Author: L.M. David Rating: 4.6 The European vampire brood is in decline and the Vampiric council’s rule is shaken amid rumors of an uprising. Their only hope comes from an Oracles’ verse and a name “Julianna.” Moros, as a member of a warrior clan, the Brethren of
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Show Vs Tell Character Description by Emma T. Gitani
June 24, 2017 OWS Features,Special Feature Emma T. Gitani

We’ve all heard these expressions. Show don’t tell. Give meaningful description but don’t make  a laundry list. The example below takes on showing character description without creating a laundry list. Laundry List Example: Matt started magic school two weeks ago, and he watched the girl who sat at his lunch table. She was skinny and
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Mercury in Retrograde and Misbehaving Characters
June 22, 2017 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

Maybe you believe in astrology. Maybe you don’t. Mercury doesn’t really care, it is coming for you. The planet Mercury goes into retrograde about four times a year. It affects communication, decision-making skills, technology and a wealth of other things. If you are going to screw your life up, odds are you’ll do it during
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Head and Shoulders Above it All
June 22, 2017 The Darkroom,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,
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Coldly Calculating: Four Horsemen
June 21, 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 For this prompt,
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A Male Perspective on Writing Strong, Heroic Female Characters
June 21, 2017 Writing Advice David Wiley

“So, why do you write these strong female characters? Because you’re still asking me that question.” [Equality Now speech, May 15, 2006]” ― Joss Whedon That quote from Joss Whedon has stood out in my mind for years, ever since I first heard it. The fact that it was a question being asked, not just
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That wasn’t very nice
June 20, 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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