March 2017

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Wooden planks riddled the beach protruding like tombstones.   A hastily made fire signal stood ready, a sentinel on the hill, stretching out into the blue expanse.   I watch a ship sail into view so close I think I could whisper and be heard, but I drop the torch in the sand leaving my […]

Manuscript Formatting

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Whether submitting to literary magazines, agents, or publishers, one of the most important things to address before submitting is the formatting. The first rule for manuscript formatting is that you need to read the guidelines for the place you’ll be submitting your piece. These guidelines will supersede any other formatting guidelines that I, or anyone […]

Inspiration from Dostoyevsky

I find writing inspiration all around me. One thing that inspires me is when an author does something interesting or unexpected. One such author is Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Now don’t fall asleep on me yet. I’m quite aware that not everyone shares the love for Dostoyevsky that I do. Mostly people who were forced to read […]

Character Names and Nicknames

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A common error in writing revolves around the use of a character’s name and their nicknames in a story. Luckily this is a simple problem to track down and fix, and once you know what the problem is, it’s quite easy to avoid in future pieces. The Problem:¬†As characters are developed in a story, it […]

Weighted Detail

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As a writer, you may or may not consider the amount of weight you give the details in your stories. But if it’s not something you’re currently paying attention to, I’m going to explain why you need to, and how to avoid giving weight to a detail or object in your story that shouldn’t have […]