Post archives for: Writing

Atlas Obscura website
Inspiration for Writers: Weird animals, places and history

Every once in a while during my online wanderings, I find a gold mine. Atlas Obscura is a collection of weird and interesting facts (people, places, inventions, animals, discoveries), sure to spark ideas in the writer’s brain. The posts are short and usually photo-rich, and you can even have a digest of them delivered to your […]

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How to Know If It’s Time to Write a Novella

Novels have long been treated as the ultimate, most legitimate story form for fiction writers. Novels are still the dominant story form, but with the changes in reading tech other forms are gaining popularity. Transformation in technology over the past 20 years have created an entirely different landscape for creators of written entertainment. Readers now […]

Bring me your dead darlings
Ding dong, the darlings are dead!

Stephen King’s clarion call to writers lives on: Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. Let’s celebrate the death of these overly beautiful descriptions, the excising of our explanatory exposition, the bits and bobs that got cut from the final version of our stories. […]

Packing an Emotional Punch in Flash Fiction

Last month I had another chance to guest blog at AlmostAnAuthor.com, under the monthly Splickety Sentinel column. In my role as associate acquisitions editor at Splickety, I’ve seen a lot of stories. I share some tips about how to engage a reader’s emotions in less than 1,000 words. There were some examples I included with my article that didn’t […]

Bring me your dead darlings and I will give them eternal life
Bring me your dead darlings

We’ve heard it so many times, that quote from Stephen King: Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. Well, today I’m here to offer those beautiful little bits of writing a second chance at life. And not just life, but life everlasting. Well, as […]

Flash Fiction Endings

In my role as Splickety’s associate acquisitions editor, today I’m guest blogging at AlmostAnAuthor.com about flash fiction story endings. Get tips on what NOT to do… (click image below for article)