Flash Fiction Friday!

It’s FRIDAY, y’all!   Hi, all! *waves madly*  I’m joining Darynda in hosting Flash Fiction Fridays. But I’m going to do things a little differently. Yeah, I march to the beat of a slightly out of tune drum. Once a month, I’ll give you a writing prompt, dialogue prompt, or idea prompt. I’ll even give […]


        In my continuing search for the magic formula for writing the perfect first line, here is another “guideline” that makes a great deal of sense. Vivid, as I discussed in my last post is good. It is eye catching. It makes the reader stop and look. However, once you get them […]


WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FICTION FRIDAY!   This week we will have an ENTIRE 50 words to tell our stories, so today’s writing prompt will be a first line. And one lucky writer will win a 3-page critique from our very own Heather McCollum!!!     Since today is the first day of November, and […]

Brainstorming the Gates

It’s that time again.  The last Monday of the month when we devote the blog to brainstorming. Here’s your opportunity to ask other writers to help you fix a problem with your character’s arc, the plot of the story, or any other matter relating to the your current work in progress. Here’s how the brainstorming […]


HELLO INK SLINGERS!  Welcome back to Flash Fiction Friday!  Today I have a super fun giveaway, but first let’s get down to business.      I thought we’d continue in the “spirit” (get it?) of Halloween and write our stories based on something, ANYTHING, scary. Ghosts, a haunted house, vampires, zombies, werewolves, broken dolls, scary […]


***And the winner is…Lydia Stevens! WOOT WOOT! *** Welcome to another edition of Flash Fiction Friday! Today’s challenge is brought to you by the lovely Autumn Jordan! Autumn is giving away a critique of the first three pages of a current WIP, to be chosen using THANKS, AUTUMN! Okay, let’s flex those writing muscles […]

Taglines, part two

Last month at Wordsmith Wednesday – Taglines and Blurbs, we worked on our 30 word tagline. Today, we’re going to work on cutting that in half. Brutal, you say? Perhaps, but next month for this Wordsmith Wednesday we’ll talk about another possible use for it. And after that, you can thank me for the misery […]


HELLO INK SLINGERS! Welcome to another episode of Flash Fiction Friday! We have a special bribe incentive for those participating in today’s exercise. We are giving away a critique! That’s right, boys and girls. One participant will win a 5-page critique from yours truly, chosen using, so get those brain cells ready. I thought […]


I am certain by now everyone has seen the Facebook meme about eating chocolate cake for breakfast.   Growing up there were all sorts of rules about what you could wear, what you could eat when, what time you went to bed. You name it, there were rules about it. And when you are growing […]

Brainstorming the Gates

Writing a novel can be a lonely pursuit.  When it comes right down to it unless you’re part of a collaboration, the actual writing of the book is something you have to do utterly alone. And yet, in the front of just about every book you’ll find an acknowledgement where the author thanks those who […]

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