Monthly Archives: July 2015

Interview with JD Byrne

JD Byrne was born and raised around Charleston, West Virginia, before spending seven years in Morgantown getting degrees in history and law from West Virginia University.  He’s practiced law for more than 15 years, writing briefs where he has to

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Dogs

Dogs are truly amazing. My favorites have always been collies, although it must be admitted that they’re no good when it comes to chasing deer away. I was incredibly frustrated several years back, because I had not one, but two

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Hunted

I spun my horse; the damned hounds had finally caught me. The horse was stolen, which would be enough by itself to draw the hangman’s noose around my neck. My eyes searched the circle of mounted men who surrounded me,

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My First Short Story Is Published!

Okay, this post is short, but I wanted to share this for those of you who don’t tweet with me. Dragon Hoard is up on Every Day Fiction here: http://www.everydayfiction.com/dragon-hoard-by-cathleen-townsend/ It’s even getting lots of stars. So if you’d like a

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Backstory Is Not Story

That might work in a cartoon, but you just can’t start your story with backstory. It seems like such a pity. The easiest solution is to start at the beginning and when we get to the end, stop. And y’know,

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Editing for Passive Voice

Passive voice is pervasive and often unwise. This post will involve a quick grammar lesson, but I’ll keep it short. Promise. Most sentences of any length involve a subject and an object. The subject does the acting; the object is

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Interview with Allison Maruska

Allison Maruska has been a blogger since March, 2012 and a started writing novels a year later. She is the author of The Fourth Descendant, an Amazon best-selling historical mystery. She’s a mom, a teacher, an avid coffee and wine

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Looking For Opinions

So, this post is going to be somewhat different. I’ve discovered that writing this blog every day is really sapping my writing energy. I just don’t think I can write about writing every day and still keep it intelligent and

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The Latest, Greatest, Shiny Idea

Mostly, writers love plot bunnies. They show up, wriggling their metaphoric noses and we’re delighted. We can’t sleep until we get started. This is going to be the best story idea yet. And then at some point, six or twelve

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Kill Your Darlings

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Stephen King, On Writing. This particular quote seems to have passed into common usage. It’s a phrase often heard when a writer

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