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Flow Good, Ebb Bad

Fictional writing should offer a rhythm, a pattern, and a sound. Together these elements create what’s needed for any decent narrative: flow. Without flow, readers will soon find themselves disinterested in what you’ve written and, frankly, perturbed at you.


Here’s an example of what I mean from…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on February 25, 2018 at 8:15pm — No Comments

A Random Bit of Fate

My Knoxville writers’ group has been at it again with more flash fiction. This time we used Seventh Sanctum to give us individual prompts. Seventh Sanctum is a website that provides randomly generated ideas that inspire writers. The following is what came out of my random prompt, “A Jew on the River Styx.” Since I’m Jewish, it seemed a random bit of fate!



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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on December 19, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments

No Sense Worrying

On one of my earliest trips abroad, I happened to strike up a conversation with a fellow backpacker over expressos at some student café in Paris. One topic led to another, and she ended up telling me about a strange decision made by a friend of hers. Now, many years later, the backpacker’s tale came to mind when I was challenged to create a piece of flash fiction about going overseas. I daresay young girls still agonize over the same decision: the who, the when—although in light of the…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on September 26, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Human Aliens

While I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy, many members of my local writers group focus on science fiction. At a recent group meeting, we fell into a discussion of how hard it is to develop truly "alien" aliens. After all, anything that comes out of a human brain, no matter how sci-fi’ish, tends to be anthropomorphic and thus too comprehensible, even familiar.


Following the discussion, we assigned ourselves an abbreviated…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on June 18, 2017 at 9:13pm — 2 Comments

Romance Shmo-mance

While we women authors often include at least a touch of romance in our novels, it doesn’t mean women understand romance better than men or even that we’re better at "working" it. Perhaps—and this is just my opinion—women simply have more fun with romance than men do.


Let’s suppose for a moment…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on March 28, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments

A Flash in the Pan

“Flash Fiction” is a short—sometimes really short—form of storytelling. The number of words required in flash fiction differs from writer to writer, editor to editor, contest to contest, but some purists insist that it’s a story told in less than 75 words. For less-rigid flashers, anything under 500 words is…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on January 4, 2017 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Another Fun Night With the Guild

As a newbie author, I recently realized how important—and fun!—it was to be a member of the Knoxville Writers Guild and the guild’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers’ Group. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned over the past year and how much of what I’ve learned has affected my writing.



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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on August 11, 2016 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Welcome to an Interview with Multi-Published Author, Heather Neff…

      Hello one and all! How are you today? I'm back and hope everyone is doing well and happy! It’s so great to be with all of you again. Welcome back to my writing blog page where I try to share whatever I think may interest you. Today I interview another fellow author. I love promoting other authors. With me this time is Heather Neff, as she discusses writing and her current book Leila II: The Moods of the Sea.  

     Heather Neff was educated at the University…

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Added by S.J. Francis on October 7, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Appetizer: The Perennial Migration

The Commander, imagining one of his shovel-sized hands wrapped around the Adjutant's throat, and crushing the wimp's airway, confirmed “I will make arrangements now.”

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Added by D. M. Kirtaime on September 13, 2015 at 8:08pm — No Comments

I Guarantee You Have Never Read This Plot

  For most of my life I was a struggling actor. I appeared on such shows as Mash, WKRP in Cincinnati, and General Hospital. Like the multitudes of actors who migrate to Hollywood I attended an actors workshop to hone my skills.

  The women that ran my workshop got involved in an interesting experiment directing a group of prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution,…


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Added by Jack Kearney on August 25, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Book Goodies Interview - Dominik M. Kirtaime

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Added by D. M. Kirtaime on June 3, 2015 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Dialogue With the Most High - chapter 11 of THE GIFT



In the midst of the immeasurable expanse called the City of Light, seated upon a pure-gold throne, his hair white as snow, eyes glowing torches and the Deity’s electrified voice echoes into space cracking a whip giving salutation to the opening of the day. The Eternal Father, who makes all things new, powerfully vocalizes his intensity, releasing justified energy. Only the Holy Spirit heard God speak. Judgment was…


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Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 18, 2014 at 3:45pm — No Comments

DEEP SLEEP - chapter 9 of THE GIFT

Deep Sleep


I dialed Steve and left a voicemail. Disappointed, I dropped the phone on the bed and fell into a deep sleep. The camera rolled. I not only acted out the script but I narrated the talking points of the cinemascope footage.

My sister and I were standing in a pizza parlor in Brentwood, New York. The contours of Janie’s face changed. My older sibling’s lips…


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Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 13, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

THIRD CALL - chapter 8 of THE GIFT

Third Call


Feeling a bit buzzed, drinking the last drop, I indubitably guzzled the entire three-dollar bottle of red wine. This was a monumental undertaking because I’m not a drinker. Socially, I do imbibe at quarterly business functions but everyday survival; booze has never been a consideration or consolation. My life supports are…


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Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 13, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments


Well, It finally happened:

The Girl They Sold to the Moon is finally here in e-book format on Amazon for $2.99! Don’t miss this award-winner—it’s fast and furious—a dark and edgy Burlesque in space.

Amazon: …


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Added by Chris Stevenson on July 2, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments

An excerpt from The Three Worlds of the Witches

Where were they she thought, the voices, they were supposed to join me after breakfast. Something small flying about near the ceiling high above caught her eye, she’d not expected to see flies in a place like this. She fixed her gaze on it there was something strange about it, that shimmer... As it got…


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Added by Mary Seaton on June 6, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Something to Discover

Promise of Tomorrow Volume 2: Discovery reveals some secrets here:

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Added by Mark Miller on May 5, 2013 at 5:27pm — No Comments

First and Last

This is fun for me. At about the same time I finish the last part of "An Amish Home", I get to re-visit the first chapter of my first story, "An Amish Journey".

"Rest on Grace" is the conclusion of "An Amish Home".…


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Added by George Michael Loughmueller on April 12, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

None for One

Volume 3 of the 2013 series of One comes from our friend Crystal Linn and Barbara Geer McCoy.

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Added by Mark Miller on April 5, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

I'm Going Amish

At least in my writing. Come check out my new story and find out about some great giveaways.

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Added by Mark Miller on March 20, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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