The reverent bard of the Far East resuscitates an ancient Western tradition by invoking the Nine Muses to bless his endeavor to write 10,000 and 1 songs.
Want to make your book stand out from the crowd? Avoid these overly used, cliche, tired tropes when approaching YA fiction and you're sure to be recognized positively.
Part 1 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
Sometimes you need to step back, sturdy yourself and gather the courage to remain sane. In any case, you might be suffering from Crypto-Gambling. (Creative Nonsense)
Train travel with poems (mine and others') describing this mode of transport, reflecting my own experiences. Steam trains, electric trains, including travelling to school, Flying Scotsman, Mallard
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
This article discusses how to use your personal writing style to develop and work with the motivations of your characters to continue writing smoothly and avoid one major cause of writer's block.
Flannery O'Connor's violent short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" also has some surprising moments of humor and redemption. Summary and analysis.
Character death is an emotional experience for both your character and your reader. With a few tips, you can write a death scene that will stay with your readers for life.
Ever wonder what happened to readers in the passed century? Has television and film become the only acceptable form of story-telling? Let's find out together.
A fictional short story about a woman who returns from a vacation in Ireland and finds the job situation is getting worse. Was her vacation just a short respite from a lackluster life?
Join me for a new series of short stories about my favorite character, and a message that should never grow stale.
More questions about writing, more answers about writing, by writers for writers. That's how we rock n roll in the Mail Room!
William Washington swallowed hard. He moved his head into the apartment just a bit, but still had enough to keep the conversation with O'Brien going. He snapped his fingers as if trying to recall some
Two men battle to the top of a mountain on a quest for domination. Through blood, sweat, and tears they come to a mutual realization about man's relation to man. Word count-480
Bosley was simply too thorough as an international bank accountant. He found a loose end, tied it up and wham, he's sitting on a log beside a campfire looking over his shoulder.
I have chosen to create a blog to communicate the racial issues demonstrated in the literary work ‘’Master Harold and the boys’’ by Athol Fugard, a short play set during the apartheid era (a system of racial segregation that was practiced In...
Heaven becomes more enticing as we get older. This world is not our home and that becomes more apparent as we experience the trials of life and the loss of loved ones.
Everyone has their own way of writing their stories out. If you interviewed a dozen bestselling authors, they’d all have their own unique ways. No two write exactly the same. That tells you that there is no one formula, but their ways can be...
Understand the difference between showing and telling to make your writing more interesting and engaging.
What are the minimum and maximum word limits for different types of stories? What are the word limits by genre and how can writers stay within those limits? Find out here with this easy list.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
Please, if you ever loved me, turn your eyes away. Please, please don't look at me, don't look at me that way
It's hard to speak in absolutes about this subject, but here are some things to consider when it comes to the subject of realism in fiction.
If you’re any sort of writer or storyteller, I can be completely sure that the thought has creeped up on you before: “Has my story idea already been done?”
The need to move, the need to play: a difficulty many children on the spectrum face as others try to constrain their energy.
If "Roxie," a member of The Rockettes were my wife she would be bombarded by every loving line available at my disposal.
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
Similes and metaphors can help make language more interesting and colorful. Find out how to tell the difference between them and how to write your very own.
Fans of fictional franchises sometimes like to put their literature skills to work and make stories about their favorite media called "fanfiction." But how do you write a good fanfiction? Here's how.
Let's review the basic key elements of fiction writing. You might think you have a handle on them, but some people need a refresher.
When life gets frenzied and stressful we forget who God is and how much He wants to minister to us. He calls us to rest in Him.
I’ve talked until I’m weary of talking. Nobody listens. Nobody does anything. So I will. It’s taken planning and guts, and today I’ve brought my weapon with me to school. I intend to use it.
Five years after being abducted from Earth and taken to Orbis, Christy has accepted the place and people, but Mark still longs for home. Mark discovers a way to escape, but can he go without her?
Remembering Jounieh is an adult short story written by Philip Michael Cooper. It is an account of the authors experiences in Beirut in 1976 and is available on Amazon.
Joey Orsino works for one of the New York City crime families. He gets busted dumping a body into the harbor, and the cops make him a potentially deadly offer....Joey's boss for Joey's freedom.
Loneliness is one of the most pervasive plagues of the human condition. Yet, it is often one of the most difficult subjects for society as a whole to address. These stories focus upon sources of isolation
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
A zombie virus has decimated humanity. Leader of the Wind Riders, JFK, is depressed. His gang decimated, all he has left are a few stragglers, and his girlfriend - Wind. It's time for one last ride!
Master the the plot structure and monomyth/Hero's Journey; analyze what fantasy novels have in common; construct a story outline and start writing a fantasy novel for yourself.
Jacko has called in the "Cavalry" to get them out of there, Joey and Sandy are still on the train, stuck with persuers looking for them, what's going to happen next?
October is upon us, and Halloween is just around the corner. Here are 31 writing prompts -- one for each day of the month -- to get your most terrible creative juices flowing.
FFN and AO3 are the two biggest fan fiction archives on the internet today. Which one do you prefer? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.
Calvin purchased a home and was making remodeling plans, beginning with the master bedroom. In that very room, fantasy and reality seemed to be converging to create a whole new world. But was it real?
Ivy wakes up with a terrible sense of impending doom. The day is full of conflict, except for a session with Dr. Wong. The impending doom is fulfilled when Cloe falls apart.
The trial is your "now," but soon it will be your "how." You'll make it through, and you'll look back in awe at how you did it.
All those folks who have cultivated gratefulness as an attitude may not realize how such an emotional habit may not exactly be good for their mental health.
Villains are just the best characters to write. Your baddie needs to be just as good as your goodie... or something like that. Find out how to write a believable baddie.
The Final episode. They got Chambers out, but Joey and Sandy are still behind enemy lines and running for their lives, can the team get to them in time?
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
All writers have questions, and in the Mail Room we share those questions and try to find the answers. Will you join us?
Today the World Economy Collapsed...this is Jack Shorebird reporting from somewhere south, in the former United States… (Short Story)
Pete lived above his favorite bar, a place where he spent time and money, doing what he loved to do. Drink until he was drunk enough to sleep it off, so he could start again the next day.
Third and final installment of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
With popularity, comes a thousand rehashes. What dystopian plot cliché turns your story into a bore rather than a compelling piece it should be? Find out fast and save your story.
Thanks for joining me as we continue a story from another time, about a good family determined to succeed with love as their guiding light.
This article explores how to start writing a short story. Specifically, initial components involved such as Character Development and The Situation are explained and explored.
The following is part of a chapter from an uncompleted novel I begain about 15 years ago. It chronicles the life of young man trying to come to terms with the death of his first true love.
The gulf between being unpublished and published may sometimes seem like a yawning chasm, but in reality, it's only separated by a few tweaks, a lot of persistence, and some insider tips & techniques.
This episode continues the story of Levi Weston and his family in Missouri. From Ohio to St. Louis, then to Jefferson City, this Weston family shares the story of this part of the American frontier.
God loves nothing more than a broken and contrite heart at prayer. A heart surrendered, for it has no other hope to rely upon than the only hope we ever have: God, Himself.
Solving murder mysteries, Tiffany found, is hard work. Tiffany looked forward to a new type of assignment. One that entailed much less drama!
Claude seems like a potentially average man until, that is, you learn about the origins of his unicorn tattoo. Read on for more details...
Everything you ever wanted to know about writing in one handy little series of articles...welcome to the Mailbag!
In generations ahead of us people may be taking for granted their ability to choose their feelings---just because someone said they could, and then it became a trend. Why not now?
Find good sites for reading fanfiction and for publishing your own stories. General, Harry Potter, Twilight, anime, and other categories.
When a character snickers emotionally, sighs sadly, and whispers gladly before their words even come out, then we, my friend, have a dialogue problem.
This really is the ideal venue for revenge, isn’t it? Them together. Me watching from the kitchen with all the food and drink they will consume this night at my fingertips.
A well-written historical novel will have many hours of research behind it. How to conduct such research and points to consider when creating a story within a historical context.
Jacko and the team have their 'ride' but Joey and Sandy are still running for their lives. The team head back into the 'fray' as there's "NO WAY" they are leaving them behind! Do they make it in time?
Alexa and Lee seemed perfect for each other. They fell in love in grade school and beyond. Their love was tested and Lee failed miserably due to an accident that tore Alexia's world apart.
Do you believe in magic? If so, then meet Sheila but be forewarned, what this young girl does is not magic at all.
A descriptive sketch depicting the scene of a storm from beginning to end by use of intense imagery. Please enjoy!
Teaching extended metaphor using my own model of writing about a walk that taught me that sometimes life presents us with a metaphor to teach us a lesson.
Blake and the other 4 captives break out of the root cellar prison. Outside a desert sandstorm is raging, the perfect cover for an escape. They run in the only direction they can....into the desert.
You have to write a story today. Writer's block has shut down your imagination and you need an idea now. Read on for writing prompts to kick start your creativity.
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Megan Rose Gedris. For the past 7 years, my primary activity has been writing and drawing comics with LGBT themes. I also do a lot of prose (short stories and novels) that feature LGBT people, and I've...
If persistent writing blocks are keeping you from moving forward with your writing, read The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
Writing a fantasy novel and feel the itch to map your world? In this guide I outline important considerations for developing a fantasy map, as well some methods you can use to make yours a reality.
Writing is hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't also be fun. If you need tips on how to become a good writer. check out these fun writing tasks that will remind you of the joy of writing.
Part 2 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
So you want to include a non-binary trans* character in your writing - that's great! Get some tips for writing them here so you can present an interesting, well-rounded and accurate character.
Ivy's discharge has arrived. Her life is in limbo, but she is free of the torment she suffered with so long.
Dave's life may end at any moment by a bullet from the gun of an angry, former coworker. Dave thinks of his wife, his daughter and is determined to live. Many have already died. Who will be next?
Charlie visits the wreck of an old city bus and relives its horrific last run. The memories are enough to drive a man mad.
A lifelong desire to write a novel has been a goal for many people. The following are tips on how to write that novel within 30 days.
These writing exercises are designed to limber up your mind. By inspiring you to look at familiar objects with new eyes, these exercise inspire innovation. Read on for more information...
Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Winnie wants so badly to be Minnie, even if it means killing her.
The end or the beginning, the view point of the destroyer, the creator, or the savior. Just a collection of bizxare thoughts from the mind of a loner strung together in a story.
Donald was wealthy, handsome and, if the ring on his left hand meant anything, not available. The sexy redhead seated on the bar stool next to him seemed to consider the last point irrelevant.
Many writers swear by the power of doing daily free-writes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do a freewriting exercise to loosen up stiff writing 'muscles'.
The first article that will be the begining of a series focused on writing, specifically for stories for a novel. This artcle is focusing on how to keep your characters organized.
Do you feel like your writing is stuck, like you can't move forward? Are you worried that your writing isn't improving? Here are five habits that might be preventing you from being a better writer.
Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?
A short story about things we may do or say which can ultimately lead to serious consequences and in this case Death.