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
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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
Creating Believable Characters for your Stories By: Sharon K. Connell Would you like to transport your readers right into the story you’re writing? Isn’t that what we want to happen to our readers? Of course it is. After all, we’re writing for the reader’s enjoyment. When I decide upon a character or scene for my work in progress, I first write down all the information I need to know about that character or the setting in which I’ll place that character. Personally, I like using a spiral notebook, but many writers like entering information into a spreadsheet or...Read More
Resilience by Bibiana Krall The writing life is one that feels often like a roller coaster and challenges force us to look inside for a reason behind what we do. There will be many of us who don’t make it no matter how hard we try… because this isn’t just about being creative, it’s also about timing, relationships and the ability to believe that we can do something special without any kudos for an extended period of time, seeing evidentiary progress or receiving external attention. There will be many days as a writer you will doubt your abilities...Read More
Editing By Ear by S. S. Bazinet This informative article comes to us from S.S. Bazinet. For many people, the editing process can be tedious. It can also be less than helpful when you read over your story and keep missing typos, repeated words, and so on. But there’s an easy way to catch a lot more of your mistakes. You can listen to your story. When you listen to something read aloud, you process it differently than when you simply see the text. Therefore, listening to your story can be a wonderful tool in your editing toolbox....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’? …