Happy To Help

“I’m going to find you and smash your skull in.” The call ended with a clatter. She didn’t have time to process what happened. The next customer was fed through the telephone and the call process started again.

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When Do Writers Go Too Far?

Every writer knows a story needs conflict. Audiences and readers tend to agree, but sometimes conflict can go too far. Too graphic. Too dark. Too violent. Things that make us cringe, shake our heads, and decide to find some other story to devote our time and our hearts to.

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A Countdown Halved [PREVIEW]

A couple of weeks ago I talked about my writery-woes and mentioned a contest I planned to enter. Well, I decided on a idea. Drafted. Edited. Drafted some more. Lost my confidence. Got it back again.

Here’s a preview.

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An Important Difference Between Chapters & Scenes In Books

Anyone who has read a book knows what a chapter is – a break in the flow of text that makes up a novel. A handy place for a reader to decide whether to stick in a bookmark, fold the corner of the page, or keep reading. It helps a book’s structure and pacing.

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SUPER Short Stories

These were inspired by the single-sentence/six word stories by other WordPress users. They’re not quite six words, but I think they’re worth sharing. Enjoy!

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Write A Great Opener – FROZEN FIRE

The first chapter of Tim Bowler’s Frozen Fire is pretty good, and with an opening line like “I’m dying.” it’s hard not to be. That’s right, it’s time for another opening scene breakdown.

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The Burden

She didn’t understand. He could see it in her face. The word as foreign as the concept. Freedomless. He felt a prang in his gut. Being a policeman had its rewards, but the list of things that stopped him sleeping was growing long. He gestured to the door and repeated his question, “Would you like to go outside?”

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Perfectionist Writers, How To Resist Editing Your Story

Hello, I’m a perfectionist. I spent sixteen hours on this sentence. Okay, that’s an exaggeration but it’s true that when writing my novels I’ve spent months trying to perfect a sentence before moving on. Guess what? I didn’t budge an inch.

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