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Metaphorically Speaking

by Carmen Peone Metaphors extend familiar names and pair them with new objects. In metaphor there is a transfer of meaning. The Greek word from which metaphor originates from means “to transfer.” Hence a ray of sunshine cuts despair (as though it were a knife); a woman weaves through life (as cedar bark is woven to […]

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Ten Tips to Turn Your Writing into Clear Communication 2/21/2020

by Carmen Peone I’ve come to realize writing is nothing more than clear communication whether the piece is fiction and non-fiction. While one may offer a form of entertainment, the other explains or persuades. However, to be effective both types of writing must effectively connect reader to story.   My first tip is to think reader first. Mentors like […]

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Show and Tell 9/27/2019

by Suzanne D. Williams Don’t tell me the story. Show me the story. Too often people read this rule and focus all their attention on how to break it. That’s like climbing backwards up a waterfall – entirely the wrong method. Instead, worry about when and how to break the rule when you understand how to use […]

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I Write Romance

by Suzanne D. Williams I am the last person who should be writing romance novels. I suppose I’m sentimental, and that lends itself to the genre. But honestly, when I sat down to write fiction, I never gave a thought to there being any romance in it. As a teen, I read long […]

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What I Wish Someone Told Me

by Suzanne D. Williams I got it into my head to write fiction one afternoon, and I wish someone had sat me down and given me “the talk.” I’m not sure I would have listened. Anyone enthusiastic about a new project goes deaf, at first. You know how it is, you become an expert inside of […]

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The Write Stuff with Parker J. Cole: Interview Time!

by Mary C. Findley Parker J. Cole has a radio show called The Write Stuff. It exists specifically to encourage and showcase writers of all kinds. Earlier this year she asked many authors to join a group to help her line up guests for her show. I had wanted to do this for […]

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Dealing with Doubt 3/25/2019

by Suzanne D. Williams I sat down to write my thoughts and realized after struggling through a few paragraphs that I’d written the topic before and much more eloquently. Such is the life of writing blog articles. So, though the portion below is several years old, its truths still hold, and I hope […]

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An Easy Way To Write Scenes

by Suzanne D. Williams I taught myself how to write, developing a method over time that, though unusual by some standards, really worked for me. I do what I’ve recently heard called “writing in the dark.” Without an outline or character charts, without backstory, I take the barest concept for a story, sit down, and write. This makes […]

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Writing is Hard Work

by Suzanne D. Williams Being honest, there are a lot of bad books out there. I never realized how many until searching the book sale lists daily. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of good books as well. And excellent writers. But, though there is something to be said for having a gift […]

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Sucess For You Isn’t Success for Me

by Parker J. Cole

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