Post archives for: Writing

Supermoon as seen from Washington on 2013-06-23. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Whatever happened to collecting our Dead Darlings?

Changing the Dead Darlings schedule I posted a meme a while back declaring that I would give your dead darlings eternal life here on my site. Originally, I thought to post about it at the end of each month. But every month was too often. So we’re going to target something a little less frequent […]

How to weave socio-political issues into fiction: One golden rule and three tips

  The golden rule: The story is king Of course the story is king! It seems obvious, but sometimes authors get off track and climb onto a soapbox. If you’ve ever written a story and received feedback that it was “too preachy”, I have a few tips that might help. (Useful for avoiding this trap before you […]

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, 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 […]