March 2016 – Our Write Side

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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Today’s writing wisdom is from Steampunk and erotica author, E.C. Jarvis. “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Let’s be clear on one thing. My…

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Regrets are terrible things. They color our memories in an off-shade, sickly color. They make us feel guilty for not taking a course of action when we clearly should have taken one. I think, though, the worst part of having regrets is the constant reminder that we failed in some aspect of our lives. We’ve…

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Dialogue is the backbone of our scenes and develops our characters, but can be tricky to get right. Let’s look at some dos and don’ts and general tips for writing strong dialogue. Dos Write dialogue with purpose. Your dialogue should go towards building characterization, furthering the plot, building suspense and tension, etc. If your dialogue…

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  I’ve read several different professionals opinions on how to get started on a story.  The all basically boil down to ‘Just Write’.  The closest suggestion that fit my needs was using ‘The Snowflake Method’ by Randy Ingermanson buy even that sounded complicated. So I adapted his method to fit my needs. I do heartily…

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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…

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Paul Jackson was born in North Georgia way back in the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.  Well, maybe a few years later, but not according to a lot of my cadets. I am widowed, have an eight year old cat named Wookie, a girl kitten named Thursday, and a little boy kitten named Oliver. All…

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Author: Madison Woods Latest Title:  Wild Ozark Herbs, Genre: Non-fiction, sci-fantasy. My settings and plots in fiction are heavily influenced by my life here close to nature in the wild Ozarks, though. Origin: Louisiana, USA   Madison Woods lives way off the beaten path in the middle of the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. The close…

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Our poem today comes from our Poet of the Month, David Bankson. It’s easy to see why he’s heralded as a great poet.   David is a full-time autodidact with a lifelong passion for poetry, philosophy, and linguistics. His works have been featured online at Thank you for Swallowing, Walking is Still Honest, and Indiana…

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Crap. I have run in my stockings. Not only am I now mortified, crawling on my hands and knees from class to class, but I have to suffer a run in my hose too. I knew I should have played hooky today. “Everyone is gathered here this morning for the auction of the Senior Class…

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