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Love your writing

Do you love your writing? Or do you hate it? A fellow writer recently shared an article on FaceBook called “Why You Don’t Need To Worry About Hating Your Own Work.” It’s about writing, and it’s interesting, but it had me flummoxed.  Why would anyone hate their writing? I had trouble wrapping my head around… Read More

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 — Fairy Tale Archetypes

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 — in 1500 words or less — could you tell based on that image? What are fairy tale archetypes? An archetype is a character, idea, symbol… Read More

How to write flash fiction

All writers need writing practice, and 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. 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, also… 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