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How to write an online book review

Writing an online book review can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes to write. For starters, why write a book review? So. You’ve read a novel or a non-fiction book, you’re thrilled with it, and you want to let the author and… Read More

Flash Fiction Friday — Fairy Tale Archetypes

Fairy tale archetypes are the inspiration, and this week’s flash fiction theme is “the ice queen.” More on that in a sec. Whether you’re familiar with fairy tales and archetypes or not, what does the illustration above make you think of? How does it make you feel? What kind of story could you tell based… Read More

Flash Fiction Friday — “Uncertainty”

All writers need writing practice, right? Flash fiction based on a photo or other prompt is a great way to expand your creativity and maybe even break through writer’s block. And it can build confidence, too, especially if you’re a beginner. The best part is that it doesn’t require a big time commitment. Flash fiction… Read More

Kill Your Adjectives — Well, Most of Them

You read that right. Kill your adjectives. The same advice goes around about adverbs. Stephen King famously wrote, in his memoir On Writing, “the road to hell is paved with adverbs.” King doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever use them. The point is that a carefully chosen verb packs a more powerful punch on its own. If you… Read More

2018: Set Writing Goals and Make Time for Epiphanies

Happy New Year, writers! What’s up your writerly sleeve for 2018? I’m posting this, by the way, a few days after January 1 as a reminder that you can set writing goals any time (remember that). After all, goal setting doesn’t have to be a big, shiny new year thing. Besides, January 1 and all… Read More