Mood

Some books, Wuthering Heights, for example have a dark mood set on the first page. In The Accidental Tourest, the sadness, loss and dysfunction are obvious in the first scene. Mood, is it a single thing or is it a word stew of various aspects of story? Setting may be a quick way to establish…

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The Heart of Romance

What Makes a Romance Novel a Romance Novel? What is really at the ‘Heart of Romance?’ Join us as we honor Valentine’s Day. Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” … A thriving genre of…

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Parking Lot Observations

Who are these random people? Who do they love? What are their houses like? How many of them have a list? Are they running late or are they just cold, caught in an abrupt weather change?

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Writing Exercises

This week I thought I’d touch on Prompts, again. I want to Spotlight Writing Exercises This site provides (completely free) writing prompts and exercises to help you get started with creative writing and break through writing blocks. Generate random story ideas, plots, subjects, scenarios, characters, first lines for stories and more. From the First Line…

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Rejections – Proof you are a Writer

I’ve been reading and writing and reading some more. I’ve been thinking about submitting some short stories in 2018 and maybe some Creative Non-Fiction. So, I have also been researching the markets. Rejections are a source of pride. Rejections are tangible proof you are a writer. Well, maybe not so tangible in the days of…

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