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Restoring the Power of Clichés

How a cliché becomes a cliché

When a particular cliché was first used (before it became a cliché), it created an impact. It used words in an interesting and novel way. The person who heard or read the expression might have thought, “Gosh, that’s a really creative way to express that idea.” Then, when other people began to use that expression, they were not clever; they were copycats. Having no interesting ideas of their own, they used someone else’s idea. When many people do…

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Added by David Bowman on June 3, 2010 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

One thing every writer hates...

...Writer's block. I'm sure if there was a cure I'd stock up on it, 'coz I'm terrible at not being sure what to put next. Then again, if nobody every had writer's block, books would be published left and right. Right? I guess one of the best things to do is to put my current work on hold and work on my fanfiction (oh, how I love fanfiction). Or, simply write a short story. Nothing long and dramatic, just something to get the thoughts flowing again.

Seriously, though, am I the only one who… Continue

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Added by Lora M.N. Riznyk on May 28, 2010 at 1:40am — 6 Comments

got this to work

okay did i get this to work?

logged on again. that is amazing, but i was bored at work for a few minutes.

i was looking through and remembering some of the invites i receved preveously and lost a few if there is any you want to add and send me that would be very cool. i might even talk agaqin from my corner.

okay have to get back to work

work on this somemore later

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Added by Michael Buttiglieri on May 27, 2010 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Love

Dont let love or romance ever get in your way just keep on moving on with your life.

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Added by Brittany Nicole McNemar on May 25, 2010 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

A bit about myself...

Since there doesn't seem to be a lengthy place to put up author bios or such (or I'm missing it), a bit about myself:

I live in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada and have been writing mainly for my own amusement (and partially my friends' amusement) since I was about 10. This means I have in and around a decade of writing experience under my belt...so to speak.

Most of what I wrote long ago is unusable now but I am gleening some ideas and characters from the…

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Added by Dairenna VonRavenstone on May 20, 2010 at 3:09am — 5 Comments

New Surroundings, New Ideas

Recently my family dragged me back in the U.K. Not that I'm complaining, but I was finally getting used to America. Now that I'm in Glasgow, maybe ideas will start flowing for my new story. I'm still working on the title, because to me, that is the most important part. You know, something that catches the attention.

I've also made a couple of changes to the story I told you about earlier. Firstly, Todd's name was changed to Maksim (the Russian form of Maximilian). Not that there was… Continue

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Added by Lora M.N. Riznyk on May 15, 2010 at 1:33am — 6 Comments

Immigration Reform

I will continue to criticize Arizona's new xenophobic immigration law. Immigration is a complex issue, but it's also a federal responsibility and when you start mentioning states rights it can bring up some rather ugly memories of Jim Crow laws. The borders do need to be secure, but at the same time immigration reform is needed.

Why don't they come legally? This is the question often asked in this state where the "they" are…

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Added by Alan Rogers on May 12, 2010 at 5:05am — No Comments

Not a good idea, but gonna go with it anyways

Hey everyone. I've been writing since I could hold a pencil, and now that I am old enough to put thoughts together, I'm going to try and share them with you. Firstly I just recently turned sixteen, and secondly, as this title suggests, my first real work of writing isn't much of a good idea, but honestly what is?

This story is, I guess you could say, advance. Its about this girl named Audrey who marries a man named Todd, but they realize that they don't love each other. They have a… Continue

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Added by Lora M.N. Riznyk on May 10, 2010 at 4:17am — 2 Comments

The Search for Reasons

   The Search for Reasons…

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Added by Michael K. Jones on May 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Searching for yourself is a mystery left untold, But trying too hard to find yourself, is like losing prescious gold

Searching for yourself is a mystery left untold,

But trying too hard to find yourself,

is like losing prescious gold

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Added by erika on May 6, 2010 at 4:21am — 1 Comment

Open Interpretation

Open to interpretation

Experience; correlations Input, output, explanations Frames of reference; life equations

So unique-so the same Internal quandaries External strains Open to interpretation

Individual Variations All open To interpretation

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Added by Cricket on May 1, 2010 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Urban Vampire

Right now my blog - Urban Vampire is at http://urbanvampire@blogspot.com. I have been posting for almost 4 years now and once I have my own website I will link my blog to it, but for now it stands alone. Please visit and enjoy!

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Added by Denise Rago on April 30, 2010 at 3:26pm — 6 Comments

Writing Styles for a comedy novel

As I pass the mid-point of my comedy novel about retail I am working on a style very new to me. One, I have never written comedy before, but the ideas are flowing and my critic(s) tells me it sounds good. However, I am writing in a style that is almost narrative.

Example:

I woke up the next morning with an aching headache and immediately wished I hadn't gone out partying the night before. I couldn't think straight let alone stand up on my own two feet. As I…

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Added by David Lucero on April 29, 2010 at 5:44am — 2 Comments

More Crossed Wires

Hey All!

The plot thickens. Here is the latest in Crossed Wires.

My Best,

Mark



Carl and Sandy Meet Their Mystery Man

Sandy drove them from Roanoke at a high rate of speed, hitting the I-81. Carl was wishing that he could have been behind the wheel, because he wanted to go faster. His brain itched, his back itched and just about everything else itched too. He was having a very itchy kind of day.

About an hour and a half out, Sandy…

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Added by Mark A. Santomieri on April 26, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

San Francisco Pulic Works

Hey all!

Here is the latest off of my desk. I got this story in a dream, of all the places. I've worked it out in outline and have started to generate the copy. I'm uncertain as to whether or not this will be a novella or a full blown novel.

But here is the first bit for your perusal. Suggestions, as always, much welcomed.

I was raised in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, and have many short works set there.

Please enjoy.

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Added by Mark A. Santomieri on April 20, 2010 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Press release used for work newsletter

I work for a company that does sales and marketing for Costco Wholesale. My parent company is Daymon Worldwide, another giant marketing company. May is the month which Coscto raises funds for The Chidlren's Miracle Network, also the charity I donate part of my profits to. This was the press release that was printed in all of our April newsletters. So far, it has helped me sell 150 more copies of "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male...Lessons Learned from the Fairer Sex." Hoping it will…

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Added by Philip Nork on April 19, 2010 at 12:34am — 1 Comment

Chapter 1 Panagsama and Its People

The main attraction of Panagsama is its people. They are warm and friendly and always finding a way to make every stranger comfortable and feel at home.







Panagsama is originally known as Basdiot meaning "Little Sand"

It is one of the 13 barrios in the municipality of Moalboal, well-known also as the place called "Divers Paradise".



The village chief whom was, is and will always be loved by the people is a man who has the most beautiful smile. His name is Mauro or… Continue

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Added by Myrna Abenido-Alvarez on April 16, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Confusing Such and Like

I own literary books like The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler and The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie.



Do I own those books or not? This is not clear. The problem is the word like.



Many writers use the word like when they mean such as, and this causes confusion. When we’re editing client’s documents, we help improve clarity, i.e., we help the writer communicate what he or she means. As a result, we fix problems with like and such… Continue

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Added by David Bowman on April 14, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Discover The Splendor Of Panagsama

Panagsama is a Cebuano dialect here in my country, the Philippines, meaning "Brotherhood", and it is a name of the village that I am calling "My Home Sweet Home ". It is located in the southern part of Cebu, also known as "The Queen City of the South ", and has the most magnificent sunset that mesmerizes my whole being.

My heart belongs to Panagsama and Panagsama belongs to my heart. To each and everyone in this wonderful world of Authors.Com., "Discover The Splendor…

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Added by Myrna Abenido-Alvarez on April 14, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

New to Authors.com

Just wanted to say 'hello' to my fellow scribes. I have been on another free authors web site since 2000, and I have communicated with writers from all over the world on it.

As for myself, I am a degreed journalist who has worked as a reporter, have been issued a teacher's certificate, am working on my Masters in Education, and have decided to go with PublishAmerica on the republication of the new version of my critically-acclaimed science fiction novel.

[Now, if I can only figure out… Continue

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Added by William John Neven on April 14, 2010 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

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