Monthly Archives: October 2015

Candle in the Dark

I woke in the dead of night with a start. The inn was quiet, just when I longed for the sound of another human being. A late drinker stumbling upstairs from the taproom or a guest clumping down the hallway

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Play Fortunately, Unfortunately–And Liven Up Your Plot

Today’s post is an absolutely brilliant one by Emma Darwin on adding conflict. I tend to go too easy on my characters at times. I love them too much, and when I have to make their lives a living hell,

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34 Writing Terms For Serious Writers

Part of being a writer is expanding your knowledge of our craft. A better vocabulary about the technical aspects of writing can help you to become a more proficient wordsmith. It’s very difficult to speak intelligently about something if you

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74 Blog Titles to Give Your Blog a Boost

I found these on Paula Reed Nancarrow’s excellent blog, which I highly recommend, here: http://paulareednancarrow.com/2014/11/23/what-no-one-tells-you-about-popular-posts/, and her source is quoted at the bottom of the image. We all hope that the blogs that we throw our hearts into will be the

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Not Without Compensations

Paddy O’Malley threw his cards down in disgust. He was busted again. He tossed off his whisky and stood, his chair scraping against the saloon’s wooden floor. “That’s me done,” he said, before staggering to the swinging doors. Saturday night

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Writing Contests

Contests are a terrific way to spur your productivity. I’ve been putting some thought into these lately, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. All of these have NO entry fee. Blog Battle–happens weekly at http://rachaelritchey.com/category/weekly-entries-to-blogbattle/. Follow

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My 100th Post, with Contest!

Okay, so it’s a small milestone, perhaps. Still, I’ve made it this far, and I want to thank everyone reading this post. I don’t think I would’ve kept going if it weren’t for all you lovely people clicking the little

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