Many would say that 'anything goes' when it comes to writing Creative Non-Fiction, but there are still concrete guidelines to help you write a superb essay!
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?
Ivy dreams about the night her mother was murdered by her boyfriend. Nana and she weather the storm together. When she wakes from the dream, she meets her delightful new doctor, Dr. Wong.
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?
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...
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
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.
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.
Understand the difference between showing and telling to make your writing more interesting and engaging.
How do we look back on things in our life that stand out. The way we treated people who are no longer with us? Is is with regret or can we truly say we did the best we knew how?
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.
Ivy's discharge has arrived. Her life is in limbo, but she is free of the torment she suffered with so long.
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)
Third and final installment of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
The Night Circus is a popular novel that is about an on-going competition between two magicians in a traveling circus that only runs at night. On a deeper level the book draws inspiration from The Tempest and the character Prospero. Using Shakespeare's influence we see that The Night Circus is about what it takes to tell a great story.
This story of the McDonald family began when they arrived in the Oak Creek valley in 1833 and extends through the 20th Century in a continuous set of stories of the family. It is "The Homeplace Saga."
A short story about things we may do or say which can ultimately lead to serious consequences and in this case Death.
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
An exploration of how Olaf's words and actions undermine what is truly intended in the short story "Big Good Black Man."
Part 1 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
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?
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?
If your writing ideas have dried up, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or in a writer’s group.
A great plot-twist can keep your reader's hooked to your writing. Blow your reader's mind in four different ways.
Flash fiction is a creative writing form that's hard to define; in this article, I provide examples of flash fiction, including some analysis of how it's characterized by more than just its length.
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.
Mystery genre has had a long history that has worked well in novels, novellas and short stories. Mystery flash fiction takes discipline to fit all the elements into the confines of 1,000 words.
Billy knew that his friend Noble, an escaped slave, was a big man, but he did not realize just how big the man really was.
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.
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.
Claude seems like a potentially average man until, that is, you learn about the origins of his unicorn tattoo. Read on for more details...
When a character snickers emotionally, sighs sadly, and whispers gladly before their words even come out, then we, my friend, have a dialogue problem.
Part 2 of 3 of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
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?”
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.
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.
Analysis of the short story Great Falls by Richard Ford. Discusses major metaphors of light and dark, as well as Ford's exploration themes such as rites of passage, the loss of innocence, and the discovery of self.
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.
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.
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
Clara Cyborn, psychiatric nurse at Mercy hospital, is outraged by reports of Dr. Stricklen's mistreatment of the patients. Ivy has a very moving connection with Cloe, a frequent flier to the ward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polish your writing to grab your readers, customers and others by appealing to their dominant senses and learning style. Includes cues, word lists and free writing exercises with full explanations.
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
A descriptive sketch depicting the scene of a storm from beginning to end by use of intense imagery. Please enjoy!
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.
Onomatopoeia. Words that sound the same as their meanings. Words that imitate sounds associated with objects or actions. Words we use every day. Zip! Screech! Click! Clack! Snap Crackle Pop! Buzz! Chirp! Clang! Clap! Crackle! Hiss!
Join me for a new series of short stories about my favorite character, and a message that should never grow stale.
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.
You would think a quick trip to an old folks home would be easy wouldn't you? But sometimes things are not what they seem!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today the World Economy Collapsed...this is Jack Shorebird reporting from somewhere south, in the former United States… (Short Story)
The need to move, the need to play: a difficulty many children on the spectrum face as others try to constrain their energy.
It was an exciting day for 7 year old Johnny. His rarely present dad was taking him camping and mushroom hunting. Excitement turns to fright when his father makes a poor decision. Word Count 1714
Step by step directions on how to construct an interactive story with multiple endings. Video examples and my own chapter flow chart included. Pick A Path books are not just for children anymore!
The work of controversial English author D. H. Lawrence explores human nature through explicit sexual descriptions and intense psychological dialogue.
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.
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
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.
My first Western short story. A great big tip of the Stetson to Jason Whitman for allowing me to use his excellent photo. Jason Whitman Photography
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.
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.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
Solving murder mysteries, Tiffany found, is hard work. Tiffany looked forward to a new type of assignment. One that entailed much less drama!
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?
Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?
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.
Clean fresh laundry is part of the housecleaning ritual. Rebel against the clothes that keep us chained to the washing machine with these tips on how to avoid doing laundry!
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!
Gruldak is a serialized science fiction novel about humanity, aliens, survival, passion, strange technology, and coming of age for a second time in a game-changing reality. It's free to read online.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Next time you have writer's block, browse through these writing prompts. Featuring 70 first lines, character prompts, and pictures to inspire you. Use or transform them, they're all yours.
Maps are an essential tool for creative writers. Maps inspire the imagination and store vital data about the fictional world and its people. Follow the steps to create a simple but functional map.
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.
Charlie visits the wreck of an old city bus and relives its horrific last run. The memories are enough to drive a man mad.
If persistent writing blocks are keeping you from moving forward with your writing, read The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.
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
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.
If "Roxie," a member of The Rockettes were my wife she would be bombarded by every loving line available at my disposal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have a deadline to meet. You need to generate more articles in order to be paid. So how can you do this relatively easily and quickly?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Do you believe in magic? If so, then meet Sheila but be forewarned, what this young girl does is not magic at all.
Writing about your character's body language is essential to an engaging story. But, here are some things you shouldn't do as you write about body language.
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.
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.
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.
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
Everything you ever wanted to know about writing in one handy little series of articles...welcome to the Mailbag!
All writers have questions, and in the Mail Room we share those questions and try to find the answers. Will you join us?
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
A revised short story about an alternate future where a Mega-Wall separates America from a dead World.
Please, if you ever loved me, turn your eyes away. Please, please don't look at me, don't look at me that way
War has been waged and Char Shockum is the last man standing between the monstrous invaders. However, this battle is not what it seems to be. Char may have another enemy to fear. One he can't see.
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.
It's easy to feel small and insignificant in this crazy world, but these scriptures will remind you that you matter to God.
Chambers knew that every visit to the autopsy room reaffirmed a detective's need for a mental buffer between the living and the dead. The freezer held more than a dozen bodies just waiting for the dis
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.
"This is the first time you really will be cold," My cousin warned. Old Man Winter grabbed, stung, scorched and iced me all at once. Later, I thought the view compensated for the horrendous hug.
Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Winnie wants so badly to be Minnie, even if it means killing her.
More questions about writing, more answers about writing, by writers for writers. That's how we rock n roll in the Mail Room!
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'.
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.