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Writing Prompt #19

It was a dark and stormy night. She was thrilled. This was her favorite kind of weather. It was the sunny days you had to watch out for. She shivered at the thought. Interested in getting your short story published? Submit your short story from this prompt using my contacts page and have a chance… Continue reading Writing Prompt #19

Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, writing

How to Write Thrilling Suspense Into Your Novel

Suspense is one of the best ways to keep your readers hooked...but poorly done suspense can make your story fall flat or become way too predictable. Follow these five tips to write exciting and thrilling stories.

WordSmith Musings, writing

Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

Ally Carter is a fantastic author who has written some of my favorite series. I longed to be a Gallagher Girl or travel to Embassy Row or maybe even try stealing my own Monet (kidding). Still, she knows how to weave a story together, creating suspense and thrills within each novel and throughout the whole… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Ally Carter

Tips and Tricks, WordSmith Musings, writing

How to Write a Magic System

Writing a magic system can be fun, interesting, and challenging at times. Each magic system will have its own rules, patterns, quirks, and exceptions. A reader might never know all of them, but it is essential for the author to know each and every one so they can write from a place of knowledge, understanding, and authority.

Tips and Tricks, writing

Quick Tip #11

Writing a villain? Within the first meeting, include these three things to make them terrifying but utterly compelling to readers. A dangerous or “evil” conviction they hold and why Something they have lost as a result Something/someone they love (not obsessed, that’s different) or care about deeply (people are generally best but it still works… Continue reading Quick Tip #11

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Story Prompt #17

Long ago, two kingdoms reigned. One was full of snow and ice, the other full of flowers and sunlight. The people were distant from one another. But, on the border of the two kingdoms, things were just a little bit different... Please use this story prompt and photo to inspire your own creative short story.… Continue reading Story Prompt #17

Tips and Tricks, writing

5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule

Writing isn't easy. I think most writers will agree with me. Some days, words seem to fly from your fingers and other times, you stare at the screen blankly. I get it. One of the best ways to combat that is to have some sort of writing schedule. Now, this should be extremely customizable to… Continue reading 5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule