All posts tagged writing

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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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 Can Write

by Suzanne D. Williams I’m not a go-getter or a trendsetter. Stand me in front of a crowd, and chances are, I won’t know what to say. I don’t like to participate. I don’t want to attend parties, dinners, basically any sort of get-together. I appreciate being invited, that you thought of me, but seriously, don’t expect me to come. If I come, I don’t want to shake […]

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The Knight’s Chivalrous Duty to Rescue the Damsel

by Parker J. Cole When one hears the word ‘knight’, the image that comes to mind is of a medieval soldier adorned in armor, riding upon a horse, and ablaze in honor and glory. Our stalwart hero swears fealty and loyalty to a ruler, or a king, and promises to protect the interests […]

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Dealing With All The Junk

by Suzanne D. Williams I read a piece of writing advice that has been helpful to me. The writer gave instruction on how to introduce backstory and avoid the dreaded info-dump. In case, you aren’t familiar with this term, an “info-dump” is exactly what the name suggests—barraging the reader with too much information, or set-up, at once. Suddenly, they don’t […]

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Sucess For You Isn’t Success for Me

by Parker J. Cole

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Answering Two Questions

by Parker J. Cole What do you say to the charge that men can’t write romances that women will like, and how will you tempt guys to read your books?

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The Thinnest Thread

by Staci Stallings I think people who don’t write have a notion about how the process goes.  They think that a writer gets an idea, mostly fully formed, then they sit down and plot the book out, crafting all the twists and turns on paper before they ever start writing.  The writing is of course an idyllic […]

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