A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

As you all well know, I'm a big fan of writing prompts. For me, they help to quiet the creative chaos and scattered minutiae of potential writing fodder in my brain, and funnel all those microscopic motes into one, cohesive mass from which I can draw from. (I recently finished up an ongoing prompt series, … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway that said, "...write the truest sentence you know." This is great advice for writers of all level and ilk...and a lesson I'm still struggling to learn. As writers, we are entertainers. We write books for people who want a diversion from the daily grind. No matter what the subject … Continue reading Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

It's as if she was inside my own head...I've always felt this way, and to date, I've yet to write in first person (other than personal essays, of course). Perhaps it's time I try! Happy January, SEers! Mae here, with my first post of the New Year, and I’m glad to have you with me. … Continue reading Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

I love this--just when you think you've read enough about "show, don't tell," something like this comes along...I'm a sucker for concrete examples. One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, … Continue reading What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Well, here it is, kind readers...the last response to the last prompt. Read on, and then try your hand at it when the mood strikes. Writing prompts are a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing again if you've hit a little dry patch in your writing...or a big dry patch, at that. Take … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 15

Alas! You may have noticed that I've SERIOUSLY dragged my feet in posting this, the final prompt in my series. I hope you've enjoyed this exercise as much as I have--and I'd love to see your responses! As always, the links to the previous prompts and my own responses are below; I'll post my response … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 15

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14

Here you are, my lovelies! My own response to last week's prompt. Enjoy! And as always, I've included all 13 of the prior responses in the link at the bottom. Describe the room of one of the following: a high school student about to drop out; a cashier who has just won the lottery; a … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14

3 Tips for Improving Show, Don’t Tell – by K.M. Weiland… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Helping Writers become Authors: When looking for a new book to read, there are a couple quick tests I do to determine whether it seems like I can trust the author to know what they’re doing all book long. The first and most important of these tests usually requires just a quick glance across […] … Continue reading 3 Tips for Improving Show, Don’t Tell – by K.M. Weiland… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 13

I had a hard time deciding which police log entry to go with for this one; it was a tie between the one I chose, and "Joe Shmoe, 41, assault with a deadly weapon (a shoe)." Review a section from the Police Beat or Classified Ads of a local newspaper. Choose one and tell the story … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 13

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 13

  Something about September always makes me a bit blue; I think it is the ingrained "I don't wanna go back to school" blues, despite the fact that I am A) no longer a student, B) my CHILDREN are no longer students, and C) I no longer work in the school system. And yet: the … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 13