October 2015 – Our Write Side

Created by Tracy López for We Need Diverse Books.

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A couple of summers ago, I had the great fun of collaborating with other writers to produce “Flip Flop Fiction.” Using the Mad Hatter and his hat as the mode of time travel, characters from one story would make an appearance in another story and change it. We had wonderful fun twisting the fairy tales….

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Sunday starts the 2015 race to start and finish an intense writing project known as “NaNoWriMo” or National Novel Writing Month. You’ve probably seen tips and tricks all over social media to help you prep. Everyone has their own system, and if you are a first time participant, it can be very overwhelming. Now, I’m…

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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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  Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties. ~Gene Tierney Jealousy. Envy. The green-eyed monster. Keepin’ up with the Jones’. Now matter how you word it, the meaning is the same. “I don’t have it, they do, I want it. Oh, and I hate them…

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For me, the love affair began in 6th grade. My teacher, a kindly older lady named Mrs. Horn, wrote two simple words on the bottom of the one-page story I had turned in.                                                                         “Great Job’ Of course, back then I didn’t know anything about classroom motivation- the way in which good teachers keep their…

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Welcome to “Coldly Calculating: Writing by the Numbers.” 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…

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I read an article on the Huffington Post today titled Mental Illness Affects Everyone and I realized there was far more truth to that title than the article covered. Don’t get me wrong, it was a thorough article with solid statistics, but the effects reach even further than those who are diagnosed or even those who…

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I have always been a Word Nerd. When other people are fighting Angry Birds and building virtual farms, I am hunting for hidden words in a grid, filling in crosswords, and concocting clever (in my mind) puns. The mental calisthenics of word games is more challenging and fulfilling for me than games of dexterity. Some…

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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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