Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with things that can shape the stories you tell as a writer.
Check out the short story, The Other Side of Heaven from Sally Cronin’s short story collection, Flights of Fancy, from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Welcome to another story from my first collection Flights of Fancy. A woman moves into her new cottage but there is something missing…
The Other Side of Heaven
When Meg saw the cottage she knew that it was the one. She had visualised her dream house so many times in her head that it almost felt that she was coming home.
As soon as she had walked down the country lane that separated the property from the main road she had heard the sound of running water. A river or lake had always been a requisite when imagining her perfect home, and the sound ticked at least one of her boxes. As she rounded the bend in the lane she saw the house for the first time, its red slate roof glistening in the sunlight.
She inhaled the scent of the vibrantly coloured flowers that dominated the small front garden…
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Check out what’s new on the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore from this post on the Smorgasbord Invitation blog.
Delighted to share the news of Chuck Jackson’s latest book that was released in April – Guilt – My Companion – A Journey of Healing.
About Guilt – My Companion
Guilt—My Companion is a story based on the author’s strength and recovery from a dysfunctional family. It begins in the ‘60s during a period filled with social and personal injustice. It tells the struggle of his conscience against societies’ ignorance and prejudice. It follows his journey to recoup from personal tragedy and grief. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Live is a journey, not a destination.”.
But for this story, the journey is the destinations he took. It wasn’t where he intended, and he had little control of the paths he took. Along those paths were heartaches and defeat. He found deception, prejudice, and hate. Lay in waiting was his companion, guilt; the robber of personal pleasure. Follow his story and…
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Meet guest author Kaye Park Hinckley from this post on Sue Vincent’s blog.
What can a fiction writer bring to a world with broken wings? For sure, a world like this one is full of fragmented people–fodder for a writer. And just as sure, a writer will translate human brokenness through his or her own lens. So what is my lens?
Here’s a little about why I write as I do.
For some writers, fiction is an author’s attempt to open a little window on the meaning of human life itself. Some fiction writers perceive people as good because God made them to be like Him. I am one of them. I also recognize free will. We can choose not to be like Him, and even choose not to believe in Him. But the job of a writer who sees people as coming from God, is to translate His goodness in some concrete form for her readers; and that is a…
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Check out this Mother’s Day cautionary fairy tale from this post on Barb Taub’s blog.
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Happy Mother’s Day!
A Mother’s Day (CAUTIONARY) Fairy Tale
Once upon a time (and we’re talking LONG time), there was a poor Mom named CinderBarb, who married her academic-gypsy prince and moved to Illinois, where CinderBarb began to look for a castle. She soon found that in central Illinois, castle basements came in two forms—finished (floors) and unfinished (not so much). Unfinished basements had exposed plumbing and wiring, dirt (or, in some newer castles, cement) floors, and regular floods. Finished basements had…
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Check out this post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on the topic of the role of small crimes in crime fiction writing.
Check out this post from Eric Klingenberg’s blog with Useless Advice from an Unpunished Author on the topic of how much is too much description.
This is not very good advice because I don’t know. We all know that description is good, especially in fantasy if you are world building then you need to the reader to see the world. I’ve read books and been very confused as to the setting, I’ve read some that magically transport me to the place and others that have put me to sleep with endless pointless details. In my next re-write of my book one of the many things I plan to do is check that I have not over describe things. I have read a bit on it have picked the following tips;
Only describe important things;
I’ve definitely fallen foul of this, endlessly describing a town my characters spend less than a chapter in. I once wrote a detailed description of the sewer system. There was one scene when the story…
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