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Interview with M.C. Tuggle

M.C. Tuggle is our guest here today, a writer living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. His fantasy, science fiction, and literary short stories have been featured in several publications, including Space Squid, Kzine, and the anthology Unbound II: Changed

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So You Want to Write

If you want to write meaningful fiction, You’ll need a setting that forces your characters to grow. Shall it be modern, Edwardian, or antebellum? Which conflict will nurture the plot elements you sow?   You need a hero to carry

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Your Protagonist Must Act

You can’t afford a passive protagonist. Writing advice abounds out in the blogosphere—I’ve contributed some of it myself. You can find interesting and informative posts on characters, plot, dialogue, and even commas. But here is one mistake that is literally

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Interview with Daniel White–Publisher at Thinkerbeat

I met Daniel White at Thinkerbeat, which is a site that I highly recommend. They have frequent contests, and you don’t even have to win to appear in their online magazine if they like your work. Their first anthology, The

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Posted in The Art of Losing

Message in a Bottle for 2020

I’m on the verge of being a published writer, and that’s exciting and frightening at the same time. I’ve got spots in two trade anthologies–A Bleak New World and the Art of Losing–which was easy from the publishing standpoint. They

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Save Time for Shenanigans

This past week we did something completely different. We took off Wednesday to spend some time on my husband’s fishing boat. It was a working trip—a pump needed replacing. Okay, a pump ALWAYS needs replacing. But this one was in

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Trying to Pick and Choose

I’ve spent the past year trying to learn what to do to become a real, no-kidding professional writer. I started with learning about queries. They were like the gateway drug to this whole process. My first query took forever. Okay,

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Criticism: Friend or Foe?

Criticism can be either helpful or destructive, depending on the state of mind of the critiquer and the writer receiving it. Writing takes enormous amounts of both self-confidence and humility. You have to think your words are worthwhile, or you’ll

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Interview with Stephanie Bibb Flint

Stephanie Flint is the author of 1000 Words: A Collection of Short Stories (written under her maiden name, Stephanie Bibb), and Ashes, a prequel short story. She writes fantasy and science fiction. Her next book, Magic’s Stealing, will be available

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What Do You Do When You Hit a Wall?

If you’ve been writing for any amount of time, it’s happened to you. You’re cranking along, a blissful conduit for the story flowing through you. It’s awesome. It’s the most incredible feeling in the whole world. And then, SCREECH! It

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