Write A 100-Word Story! Tell Your Friends! Win A Prize!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Write A 100-Word Story! Tell Your Friends! Win A Prize!

Fall In Love With Your Characters So Your Readers Will Too

By Jessica White One of my favorite parts of writing is creating characters. As a reader nothing makes me fall into a story faster than falling in love with a character.  It’s like meeting a new neighbor or making a new friend.  Even the antagonists are interesting to meet from the safety of my mind. … Continue reading Fall In Love With Your Characters So Your Readers Will Too

What To Do When Darkness Keeps You From Writing

I have a section in my book called Facing The Darkness. Most writers I know have a resistance. This is usually an antagonistic force that they need to deal with before they put words on paper. This darkness has been misunderstood — at least by my readers — in that some think that it’s about … Continue reading What To Do When Darkness Keeps You From Writing

Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces

The protagonist pushes forward, but the antagonistic force pushes back. An antagonistic force is a person in your story who is opposing your protagonist, either in small, accidental ways or in big obvious ones. Because of the contrast and the potential for great conflict, you want to develop your antagonist as richly as you do your … Continue reading Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces

16 Questions About Body Language & Appearance For Your Character

  You’re an author, so your job is to fully communicate what your main character are thinking, doing, or even hiding. Often you can do this in the way that you describe their body language. In your first scene, your main character, Roy, might have just gotten his car stolen from someone he trusted. He’s … Continue reading 16 Questions About Body Language & Appearance For Your Character

Five Signs To Keep Writers From Going Wrong

By TLC Nielsen Are you a Writer Gone Wrong? 10 minute novelists are an upbeat, happy group of writers striving to be all they can word-ly be. But unbeknownst to many is another, small group of writers who hoard their words, shudder from social interaction with other (competing) authors, and cannot restrain themselves from talking/chatting/emailing … Continue reading Five Signs To Keep Writers From Going Wrong

Quick Decisive Moves That Will Help You Get Organized

  In her book, Organize Your Life and More, Christina Scalise said, “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”  I totally agree with this. I think that to be organized, one should make decisions, sometimes quickly. Sometimes painfully. To get rid of your clutter, or to get more organized, I suggest you take … Continue reading Quick Decisive Moves That Will Help You Get Organized

Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts

  Your story should be jammed packed with conflicts. You should have conflicts about the setting, like the tropical storm that’s been seen down south is heading north and could turn into a hurricane. Or, you could have conflicts about every day life, like maybe the cat is missing and he has a history of … Continue reading Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts

16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

Everybody wants to be more creative. Creativity is that moment when your ideas come together in just the right way, you may see something that no one else did. Creativity is problem solving, but it’s also strategy, connections and applications of concepts. When we’re on fire creatively, sometimes we don’t know where the original spark … Continue reading 16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

Can You Write A 100-Word Story Using Only These Cards?

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each … Continue reading Can You Write A 100-Word Story Using Only These Cards?

Technology and the Right to Create Art

by Olivia Folmar Ard As much as I wish otherwise, writing isn’t a full-time job for me. Forty hours a week, I’m an administrative assistant at a public liberal arts university. During my time in this department, which houses communication studies, journalism, public relations, and mass communication, I’ve been privileged to witness students of these … Continue reading Technology and the Right to Create Art

Why Your Spell Checker Is A Shifty-Eyed Hack

You can’t trust your spell checker. Generally speaking, a spell checking feature on a word processing program will do a fair job in finding words that are misspelled. That’s all it’s capable of doing. If you think that an automatic spell check will do enough work to make you a good writer, then you are … Continue reading Why Your Spell Checker Is A Shifty-Eyed Hack

How Champion Free Writers Combat The Blank Page

Facing the blank screen can be one of the most intimidating moments of being a writer. I have a sure fire way to conquer this moment: the free write. A free write is a word spew, or word vomit if you don’t mind a graphic image. A free write is also a brainstorm or stream of … Continue reading How Champion Free Writers Combat The Blank Page