Archive for July, 2013

Writing tip Wednesday: “Plotting, part 2”

MAKE PLOTTING EASIER WITH THE PLOTCLOCK – PART 2 By JOYCE SWENEY FROM LOW POINT TO DENOUEMENT Last time we covered the first half of the Plotclock template, up through Act 1; this month, we’re taking it home with the rest of the story structure. Act 2 is usually a series of failures, losses and […]

July 31, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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cARtOONSDAY: “a-mUSING vOICES”

July 30, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Monday (morning) writing joke: “Dead again, ” part 1

In honor of all the zombie movies over the past year, and books about zombies and other dead creatures, here is the first of two or three “dead” jokes, puns, bits of humor. Groan as you see fit. Q.: What do you call… …a dead psychiatrist? A.: A dead head. …a dead musician? A.: A […]

July 29, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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The Devil’s Dictionary: “Law,” part 1

In our continuing quest to revisit a classic, or even a curiosity from the past and see how relevant it is, we continue with The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in newspaper installments from 1881 until 1906. You might be surprised how current many of the entries are. For example, here are definitions […]

July 28, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Photo Finish Friday: “Ditty”

July 26, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Haiku to you Thursday: “Snake”

Love puts forth a leaf. / In my garden of desire / the snake has purpose.

July 25, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Monday (morning) writing joke: “Under a spell (checker)”

Ode to the Spell Check Eye halve a spelling chequer It cam with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As […]

July 22, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Photo Finish Friday: “No Exit”

John Sartre moved to town, running away from an existential crisis. he did not know what he wanted to do. He had tried his hand at art, play writing, film writing, essays, history, and philosophy. He felt he had succeeded at any of those. Then he came across the street sign and saw it as […]

July 19, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Haiku to you Thursday: “Three pieces of advice”

All embracing — / flowers, raindrops, light gone wild — / wonder fills the day.

July 18, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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Writing tip Wednesday: “Three pieces of advice”

In his recent 2013 ThrillerFest session “The Series Character: How to Do it Right,” Michael Connelly (author of the Harry Bosch series) offered three of his favorite bits of advice that he’s collected from other writers. “I’ve carried these with me for decades,” he said. “I think they really sum up where you should be […]

July 17, 2013 · admin · No Comments
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