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The Effects of Place

When you select a place in which to have action happen--be it for a story, an essay, or a poem--this place will affect many other aspects of the piece you're writing. It's not a choice that you should waltz into without forethought.


The following are some of the aspects of a written text that will be…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on May 23, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Well-Meaning, But Annoying

Throughout your life people say things that are well meaning. When you're dating it's: when are you two getting married?; once you're married it's: when are you going to start a family? There's not a woman on earth who hasn't had to field one of these well-meaning, but annoying questions that seem designed to pressure you through every major life event. 

Once you get past that early phase of life it quiets down a bit, unless you're an author. For the author, there is an endless supply…


Added by Robin Leemann Donovan on April 29, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

New Work of Fiction ‘B. S., Incorporated’ Hilariously Exposes Life in Corporate America

April 27, 2016 (Minneapolis, MN) – Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that their debut novel B. S., Incorporated will be released in May 2016, published by Wise Ink Creative…


Added by Kelsey McBride on April 27, 2016 at 10:20am — No Comments

The Bell Jar audiobook in parts

THE BELL JAR read by Maggie Gillenhall

Added by Amy Jo Sprague on April 18, 2016 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Do Fiction Writers Need to Be Honest?

What responsibility do fiction writers have to tell the…


Added by Kate Raphael on April 12, 2016 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

Motivation, where art thou? by Maria Piork

In a perfect world all writers would get eight hours of restful sleep, would never suffer writer’s block, and would never be in a lousy mood. Likewise, no writer would ever be awakened at night by a sick child or a pet, or ever have a fight with a spouse.

I don’t think too many of us live in that perfect world, I certainly don’t… Two nights ago I slept funny and my back is hurting me. These past few weeks I’ve missed the gym more times than I care to admit. And,…


Added by Maria Piork on April 10, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Fiction and the Joy of Research

I tend to be obsessive about research. Before I began writing my first novel I had published, through traditional publishers, two editions of a textbook and a nonfiction case-study book for the general reader on my neuropsychological patients. During my career as a university professor and clinician I had also written around 60 scientific articles for psychology and medical journals, and a number of book chapters. I couldn’t wait to let all those…


Added by Jenni Ogden on March 29, 2016 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales

Solstice Shadows has released my new paranormal romance and I couldn't be more excited!  This is the first novel that I'm getting published that's completely mine.  It's historical, an unusual tale of a Greek vampire who seeks to control his demons and wants to find his place in the mortal world again--of course the catch is he cannot stop thirsting for human blood.

I also recently had to publish Dancing with Cannibals at KDP/Amazon because of my co-author's impatience. It's only an…


Added by Monette Bebow-Reinhard on March 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Dreamer In Every Writer (Need Feedback?)

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“A dreamer will not stop having that dream until it has been fulfilled” -J. Wilson

    Some time ago, I wrote a few posts on the dreamer in all of us.  At times, we even sabotage ourselves so…


Added by Carrie Ann Golden on March 23, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] What I Learned about Describing Characters from Donna Tartt

I read on two levels. On the one hand, I’m a reader, along for the ride, lost in the story. Meanwhile, another part of me steps back, asks questions, and analyzes. Why does the author introduce this plot point here? Why did he include this detail? How is she keeping the pace lively? What techniques are being used here. Are they working?

Get my free ebooklet: Calling Up the Writer Within: Writing at 50 & Beyond…


Added by Jill Jepson on March 21, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Truth Is Out There

Last month I took a trip out to California to visit some family. I always seem to meet the most interesting people when I travel. The lady I sat next to on the plane ride home chatted my ear off the entire time about an alien race that created Earth. 

This inspired me to write a fictional piece for an upcoming contest. I'm at about 6,000 words and my goal is 8,200. I am new to writing fiction so it has been interesting, but so far so good

Read more here: …


Added by Danielle Watkins on February 27, 2016 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Thursday's Three on Literature and Poetry

Posted Thursday's Three, a trio of titles to put on you reading list: Donna Solecka Urbikas's 'My Sister's Mother' , John Guzlowski's 'Echoes of Tattered Tongues', and Marceline Loridan-Ivens's 'But You Did Not Come Back'. I've read the latter already and commend it.

See the book trailers.…


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 25, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments


In a Primogeniture it is the legitimate firstborn son's birthright to inherit over older sister. Also elder illegitimate sons, younger sons and collateral relatives.  

Absolute primogenture has been in place in Sweden since 1980, the Netherlands 1983, Norway 1990, Belgium 1991,  in Denmark 2009,  in Luxembourg 2011, the USA and Commonwealth Realms since 2015.

Added by Liberty J. Freedom on February 15, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments


I wonder where you draw the line between historical fiction and more contemporary war stories? Would it be WWI? That's one war that interests me and in comparison to WWII I think it has been less used for fiction. 

Added by Liberty J. Freedom on February 11, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Commercial vs. Literary Fiction

What is commercial fiction? The term gets thrown around a lot. Do you write “literary” fiction, or “commercial” fiction? As a writer, I hate this question. Labelling some kinds of fiction as commercial and others as literary implies that one is a higher calling than another. This question seems to be a…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on February 10, 2016 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

War of 1812

Besides the Revolutionar War and the Civil War. I kind of lean towards researching the war of 1812. All I know about this war is that it was fought between the British and colonists and lasted for three years. That's a possible restriction not saying it is any less interesting though. 

Added by Liberty J. Freedom on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

First thirteen colonies (later states)

New England colonies

  1. Province of Massachusetts Bay, later Massachusetts and Maine, crown colony
  2. Province of New Hampshire, later New Hampshire, crown colony
  3. Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, later Rhode Island, crown colony
  4. Connecticut Colony, later Connecticut, crown colony



Added by Liberty J. Freedom on February 5, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Forced into writing

I know you always have a choice. Or so they say.

I wonder if anyone has been more or less forced or pushed into the literature world?

Since they may have exceeded all their other options to support themselves and earn an income?

Added by Liberty J. Freedom on February 3, 2016 at 3:45am — No Comments

Told from the Hips by Andrea Amosson

Told from the Hips, by Andrea Amosson, is a collection of short stories that feature strong women and the strength they have within them to handle any challenging situation that comes their way. These women come from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles, but the one…


Added by Kelsey McBride on February 1, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments

European monarchies

I am not ashamed to admit that I'm fascinated with the European monarchies. That does not mean I am a supporter of monarchies over republics. I support democracy, equality and feminism. 

European monarchies

  • The House of Windsor and Elizabeth II of Great Britain
  • The House of Orange and Willem Alexander of the Netherlands
  • The House of Liechtenstein and Prince Hans-Adam II
  • House of Grimaldi and Albert II of…

Added by Liberty J. Freedom on January 29, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

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