April 2016 – Our Write Side

As poetry editor for Our Write Side, it would only be fitting for me to offer a poetry lesson of my own. To round out World Poetry Month, I figured I would do a piece on song lyrics. I have written a few songs, and love the idea of my poetry put to music- and…

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The dreaded WRITER’S BLOCK. It happens to the best of us but there are ways to overcome it! Check out the list below for ideas!

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While I don’t always write a great opening line, I do hear a lot of praise about most of them. I’m not entirely sure if my process will work for anyone else, but since great openings are key to book sales, I’m going to share it with you today. The Breakdown There are 3 key essentials…

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Welcome to the brand new Friday Flasher writing prompt! This is the space where the number of words you use to tell your story really matters! Each week we will offer you a new prompt. In 500 words or less, write a response using all 4 parts of the prompt in your story. It’s that…

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Once people understand what a ghostwriter does, they always want to know how that works. Just how do I pull a story out of someone else’s head and turn it into a book? They think I’m performing magic, but here’s your peek behind the curtain. You might be surprised at how easy it can be….

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“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ~ C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed Art Imitates Life Recently, my husband came to me bubbling with a new idea. I love to see him get excited about something, especially now. Losing his dad has been so hard on all of us and he needs…

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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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“Yes, Eleanor loathed herself yet required praise, which she then never believed.”           -Hanif Kureishi,  The Buddha of Suburbia Our creative minds constantly help us “give birth” to ways of expressing our deepest thoughts and feelings. Certainly, we should at least be on friendly terms with our minds. Unfortunately, we often fight our hardest and longest…

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I 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 is:   We all…

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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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