Writing an Effective Short Story By: Paul Blake A short story can be a wondrous thing. The paucity of words allows the writer to focus on the story, rather than on the nuts and bolts of world-building, character development, and backstory vital in longer work. A short story is usually centred around, or focused towards a single event, concept, or message, whereas a novel has subplots, minor character arcs, etc. For a writer, a short story allows for experimentation in voice, perspective, genre. This experimentation can be very freeing and productive in letting the creative brain play. An...Read More
Month: August 2019
Suburban Gangsters By: Michael Dineen Many a poor soul has been led down the tangled path to riches and glory. A temptation which is just too hard to resist. This is often due to the unbearable nature of their own life, and the illusion of easy wealth which may lie just around the corner. They will choose to abandon all they once knew to secure a better position in life, and grasp onto the materialistic benefits which such wealth can bring. Fast cars, designer suits and life in the fast lane! And one of the most popular ways to...Read More
The Bastard in Fairyland By: Phil Parker “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will. Either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” (Paulo Coelho) Life can be tough. There can be no doubt about that! It will knock you down to your knees so many times that it may seem almost impossible to get back up. Choosing instead to retreat into the darkness and escape the daily struggles. However, those who can rise above such isolationist temptations and instead face challenges head on are the ones who will ultimately...Read More
Deep Characterization Enables Deep POV When I first started writing, I found an online character worksheet and filled it out. Heroine: Age: 24. Red hair, green eyes, lots of curves. Hero: Age: 26. Midnight hair, cobalt eyes, plenty of hard muscle. A few more details and I was ready to write my masterpiece! I quickly learned that without significant character detail, my manuscript was plagued with inconsistencies and required continuous rework. Even worse, my characters didn’t feel real because I didn’t know them well enough to get inside their heads. Through research, courses, and good old-fashioned trial and error,...Read More
The Sandman By: Alex Stargazer Free will. Does it truly exist? Wherever you choose to go on this planet you will find human civilizations which create and enforce laws, norms and values. The population in these societies are expected to follow the prescribed standards. While some nations are stricter in the creation and enforcement of these norms, the bottom line is that they do exist across the globe. Therefore, it can be reasonably argued that in such conditions, “free will” many not truly exist anywhere. I find this concept to be provocative. So when I came across the story...Read More
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And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not…
If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived? Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself? What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …