Archive | December 2012

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I Am I Said…

I read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games over the summer and I knew with all certainty, before I finished the first sentence, that Katniss, the story’s protagonist, [spoiler alert!] would still be standing by the time I reached the last page. While I know it was a popular read, I was not a huge fan of […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Time

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Time. Here is my offering: He looked down at his […]

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Will Write for Cash

There is a great blog called Pinionpost that is managed by the talented Brian Benoit. He takes on all manner of writing challenges giving you a chance to read some finely crafted bits of prose such as this week’s chilling offering, “The Chemist.” Every month he posts a column devoted to writing contests. I rely […]

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Finding the “Zone”

The other week I posted a list of some of literature’s opening sentences as writing prompts.  Sometimes getting the first sentence down is all it takes and from there it’s “all off to the races.” I love when that happens. It is one of the joys of writing. Fellow reader, writer and blogger, Pam Williamson, […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Joy

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Joy. Here is my offering: Allison’s eyes blinked drowsily open. […]

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Beta Readers: Getting a Second Opinion

We can easily spot talent in others, but accepting our own is a much steeper climb. Some have an overinflated self image, while others seem much too timid to accept that they have plenty to be proud of.  The act of writing is a largely solitary craft. A book can take a year or more […]

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