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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

Traditional Publishing, Self-publishing, Indie and Vanity Publishing

Traditional publishing, self-publishing, indie-publishing, and vanity-publishing. It’s enough to make your head spin, and with all the constant changes, it’s hard to keep up. It’s even hard to have a conversation sometimes. The trouble is that the terminology we use in almost any industry, sport, hobby, or even a company is almost always well-known by… Read More