Story Seeds Prompt: Blue Eggs

Story Seeds Prompt: Blue Eggs

Last week we posted our first Story Seeds prompt and had five amazing entries! Each one was so different and brilliant in it's own way. Thank you to everyone who entered! And our winner for last weeks prompt is: Lisa Hase-Jackson Here's her entry: Converse High Tops where Dale’s favorite kind of tennis shoe because they didn’t make his feet sweat. He started wearing them as a middle-schooler and went through a pair every six months, a point his mother emphasized every time they bought another pair from Champs. He would sleep in them if he could, his mother complained,…
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Writing/Editing 101: Filter Words

Writing/Editing 101: Filter Words

Want to immediately pull the reader in and strengthen your POV? Hunt down filter words and eliminate as many as possible. What is a Filter Word Filter words create distance between the action in your story and the reader. They include words like: saw, heard, noticed, realized, thought, wondered, and felt. But those words initiate sensory description, you say. Yes, that's true, but they also remind your reader that they are removed from the action instead of letting them feel immersed in the scene. They often also lead to a "telling" voice vs. a "showing" voice. Overuse of filter words…
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Story Seeds Prompt: Shoes

Story Seeds Prompt: Shoes

Stretch and flex your creative muscles with this prompt. Post your flash-fiction piece of no more than 300 words in the comments. Your story can be of any genre, though we ask you to keep the content PG-13. Please include the following in your post: A title, your word count (not including the title), your twitter or FB handle so we can contact you if you win. We'll pick a winner next Friday. Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card Questions to Help Spark Ideas: Whose shoes are these?What happened just before he/she/they took them off?What is stuck in the sole of…
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Writing 101: What is POV?

Writing 101: What is POV?

POV, or Point of View is a concept that can challenge the new and more experienced author alike. Point of view comes in one of three basic varieties: 1st Person, 2nd Person, 3rd Person. There are variations of each of these, but let's break down the basics. 1st Person POV This is often the easiest POV to recognize, but don't let that fool you. There are nuances to writing in this POV. Stories written in first-person are told from the "I" perspective. Some books will feature a singular first-person POV, meaning the entire story is told from one character's perspective.…
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Writing 101: Prologues and Epilogues

Writing 101: Prologues and Epilogues

Browsing through some writers' groups this morning, the question popped up about whether authors should include epilogues. And that got me thinking about all the discussions about prologues, too. Should authors use them? Do readers read them? Like everything else when it comes to writing and publishing, the answer is: it depends. What is An Prologue Typically, a prologue is a significant event that occurs well before the main story timeline that either provides a hint at the motivations of a particular character or identifies a significant event that sets off consequences that affect a future story. However, some authors…
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Writing 101: Chapter Length

Writing 101: Chapter Length

The question about chapter length is one I see often: how long should a chapter be? The answer depends on a variety of things, but the short answer is: there is no set or required length for a chapter. Chapter length really can run the gamut. They can be as short as a single word, sentence, or paragraph, and as long as a third of the book. I personally feel like I do most chapters justice in the 3500-4000 word range, but it is by no means a requirement. Genre may also have an impact on your chapter length as…
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