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Writers write

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Thomas Mann

This quote seems ridiculous, but I think it’s true. 92 more words

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Argument: a poem

Here is an idea.

It goes like this, and this,

And this.

But I see a problem with it, all the same.

(Or, I see something promising here… 68 more words

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Flash Fiction

A single rose.   A tall and regal calla lily.     A cypress tree.

Write a flash fiction piece, between 250 and 750 words, about what it means for a character named Alice to plant these in her small backyard just as she was embarking on a healing journey from a broken heart.

Keep the pen moving,


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Secret to Writing Great Dialogue

Struggling to make your dialogue authentic? Try eavesdropping. On the bus. In restaurants. Standing in line at the check-out. It doesn’t matter where you do it- just make sure you have a notebook handy. 193 more words

Becoming a Writer

If it weren’t for my second mystical or near-death experience (NDE) on February 23rd 1996, I don’t imagine I would have started writing again. Creativity hadn’t been a part of my life for over thirty years. 586 more words

Alton Chapter

Writing Prompt No. 1

Welcome to my first writing prompt. I wanted to write this to help writers understand their characters more with the three below:

1. Give your character an animal familiar and create a short story that involves the familiar talking to your character about their previous life or lives. 52 more words



Ever wake at 3 in the morning with an idea and think you’re going to remember it when you wake up? What happens? About dinner time you remember you had some idea that you can’t remember and wish you had written it down. 75 more words

Writing Techniques