Oh, Simile, Dear Simile… By: Cat Jenkins Consider the simile. The simile can be a thing of beauty. It can strike a respondent chord in its audience, both illuminating and inspiring. Used to effect, the simile is like a grace note, adding a touch of richness and life to the overall musical score. I’m a big fan of the simile, so it cuts me to the quick when I find it wantonly abused. This doesn’t happen often, because most writers have an innate simile-sense. They can test and taste and savor and know when they’ve hit the proper target;...Read More
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I’m in the Middle of Writing My Novel and Got Stuck—Now What? by Jon O’Bergh Please follow along to read a great article by author Jon O’Bergh about how to overcome that dreaded writer’s block! This actually happened to me. I had produced a good chunk of material when, all of a sudden, I could not motivate myself to write another word. Weeks passed. What was happening? More importantly, what could I do about it? I devised a solution and, within a few days, the words were flowing again. Hopefully, these tips will help you if you find...Read More
Personal Mask of a Stroke Survivor By; Anna Casamento Arrigo Sometimes, I think, I’m clear in my explanation of what is going on in my head, how I feel, the struggles I’m facing, and the myriad emotions that, often, run amuck and find difficulty reeling them in. After my stroke, I found, for the most part, that I wasn’t the only one who had gone through changes (some visible, some not). It was a gradual realization, if indeed, I may call it that! As an impatient stroke survivor, I followed directions as best I could and met...Read More
Today I Am Grateful By: Kelley Kay Bowles Life’s been good to me so far is one of my favorite songs of all time. It was supposed to be our class song for my high school senior year—class of ’88 is great!—and unfortunately it got voted out. It still represents The Class of ’88 to me, though! Sometimes, though, I’ve been known to tweet ‘I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.’, and that’s the crux of today’s conundrum. Why can’t I just spend ALL MY TIME being grateful? My life is amazing, my family is completely stellar,...Read More
Continuity in Storytelling: How to Keep Facts Straight When Writing a Novel By: Laura Smith Introduction It’s common knowledge that author J.K. Rowling can answer any question off the top of her head about a character or event in her Harry Potter novels without ever contradicting her response. Rowling knows her world inside and out, a string of knowledge that her fans constantly challenge and appreciate, especially in the fantasy genre where every detail is practically built from scratch. However, that’s not every writer’s style. Sometimes a writer only knows what makes it onto the page. They can’t...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,
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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’? …