Desperate Times – Submit Your Second Short Story For 2018

And there goes February. Well done to everyone who made it. I have mailed posting instructions to everyone. Please use them. The less I have to fix the faster I can approve the posts.  Submission process: I will accept and approve posts for Desperate Times (Word count:…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Brackets

Welcome to the seventh post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm. (Look out for the punctuation posts…

20 Clutter Words & Phrases To Avoid

Inexperienced writers clutter their writing with words and phrases that are redundant and add nothing to the meaning of the piece. [Suggested reading: 6 Ways To Shorten Your Sentences And Improve Your Writing] Sometimes it can be difficult to identify excess verbiage and unnecessary words…

A Bit Of Love For Your Short-Story Telling Soul

As creators we put a lot of ourselves into the world and we often forget to take something back. We also need to refuel. Podcasts are a fun way for me to find little nuggets of wisdom that feed my soul while I am doing…

5 Ways To Add Love To Popular Genres

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I was thinking about how much we all love to go on date night or movie night on this day. So, just for some lighthearted fun this week, I wanted to have a look at how we could bring a…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Hyphens & Em Dashes

Welcome to the sixth post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm. (Look out for the punctuation posts…

All About Writing Prompts & Writing Practice

Why Should You Write Every Day? Writing every day helps a writer to write in the same way running every day helps an athlete keep in shape. A blank page is daunting. You stare at the screen or at your notebook and wait for lightning…

John Grisham’s 8 Do’s And Don’ts For Popular Fiction

John Grisham is an American author who is best known for his legal thrillers. Before writing full time, John Grisham practised criminal law and served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi. He has sold more than 250 million books, which have been translated into 29…

Punctuation For Beginners: All About Colons & Semicolons

Welcome to the fifth post in the series: Punctuation For Beginners. Punctuation is the name for the marks we use in writing. Punctuation marks are tools that have set functions. We use them to give a sentence meaning and rhythm. (Look out for the punctuation posts…