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Two Forms of Inspiring Poetry 5/12/2020

by Carmen Peone Never in this world did I think I would love poetry.   Until God touched my heart with Haiku and Elfchen.   Elfchen is a newer form of poetry for me, but I have come to love its simplicity. It’s a place I can hone in on God’s creation and love.   In this time of fear, uncertainty, and quarantine, we can create a safe […]

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The End – Finishing A Story 5/5/2020

by Shawn Lamb For an author, typing The End brings the journey of a novel to a conclusion. Or does it? Creating a satisfying ending can be just as daunting and frustrating as crafting a good solid opening to capture attention. Do loose ends need to be tied-up, all questions answered, or leave them wanting more? The answers are as diverse […]

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Setting the Scene

by Carmen Peone You know how multifaceted writing a novel can be.   Not only do writers have to create 3-dimensional, compelling characters who pursue high-stake goals, you have to do it using enough tension and conflict to keep readers turning every page until the end.      For a full-length novel, all of that needs to be tucked into well-developed scenes that […]

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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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Yippee! Another Interjection! 3/3/2020

by Carmen Peone An interjection is a word added to a sentence to convey an emotion or a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm.    There are two main reasons to use interjections in both fiction and non-fiction:  They are fun!  They show a character’s emotions. And emotions keeps readers turning pages.   […]

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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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The Words I Write 1/31/2020

by Suzanne D. Williams Go now, and I will be there to give you the words to speak; I will tell you what to say. (Exodus 4:12 VOICE) Being a writer isn’t good enough anymore. Crafting stories to entertain readers isn’t as fulfilling as I it once was. There are thousands upon thousands of writers out there way […]

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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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The Case For Telling

by Nike N. Chillemi Show don’t tell has become somewhat of a mantra in serious writing circles. I’m not opposed to showing. I think authors should show as much as possible, but should not build an altar to it. Not every single movement the characters takes and thought they have needs to be […]

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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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