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“A writer is only good as his or her own experience.” Have…


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Added by Ceara Comeau on May 15, 2018 at 4:49pm — No Comments

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


In my previous posts, I've expressed how challenging writing can be. But, that's only half the battle. The real difficulty begins when you go to publish.

Years ago, a writer could only publish their manuscripts through a traditional publisher, but with the 21st century comes self-publishing. A writer no longer needs to beg an agent to take a look at their manuscript. The writer is their own publisher...sounds great! Right? Well it depends.

Self-publishing and…


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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 24, 2017 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Writing--Can It Be Done For A Living?

Now, by the sounds of this blog title, you're probably thinking, "Of course you can write for a living! Just look at Stephen King or J.K. Rowling!"

This statement is definitely valid. But I think as budding writers and avid readers we often forget how much work goes into the concept of "writing for a living". It isn't just, "BAM! I wrote a book, now everybody read it!" No, there is so much more to it than that.

I've heard it said before that "writing for a living" can be…


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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 17, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Who Will You Inspire?

This past weekend I attended a writing event at nearby library. A friend of mine from there asked me to come and take part. I was grateful for the opportunity as I was trying to reach out to more people. Unfortunately, no one, aside from other authors, showed up. But that's not to say nothing came out of it. In fact, this was a major learning experience for me.

You see, I've always considered myself an ambivert. This is not a term one usually hears, but its a combination of…


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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 16, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Descriptions...My Worst Nightmare!

When I first started writing, I was about ten years old. At the time, I had just found my way into the writing world and I didn't know all that much. I was mainly self-taught and learned what I could through reading mystery books like Nancy Drew. I found the world of writing to be fascinating and wanted to discover myself through this art form.

Looking back, I wasn't all that great at it. I could write dialogue effortlessly, but descriptions were the bane of my writing existence.…


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Added by Ceara Comeau on October 15, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

My inspiration

When I was forced out of New Orleans by the ravishing flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, I ended up in a small town, only 3 hours away from my hurricane ravished home. I had a free place to live, but it was a long way from everything I had ever known. It just didn't feel like home. I was experiencing true country living, and I was a city person.  This community was created for evacuees who had escaped from the disaster. I struggled my way through the country. At first it was boredom... I…


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Added by Shirley M Patterson on August 5, 2017 at 4:33am — No Comments

Rage As a Cannibal

Rage is not anger. Don’t confuse the two.


We can rant at a neighbor’s dog that won’t stop barking, we can snap at a significant other for not picking up their dirty underwear, we can even feel our blood pressure rise at the words of a politician or shout at another driver who cuts…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on July 24, 2017 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Women of a Certain Age

I got fed up.


My favorite fiction to curl up with has usually been a mix or urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Yet now after bingeing on the genre for a while, I find myself diversifying.


Yes, I grew bored with the standard tropes associated…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on February 24, 2017 at 5:30pm — 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

Thinking Outside the Box But Within the Big Picture

As a member of the Knoxville Writers Guild, and in particular of the Guild’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers’ Group, I recently joined in on a writing experiment that was downright fun. The idea was that each of us write a short ditty (called “flash writing”) using a photo as a writing prompt.


We were…


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Added by Elizabeth Fisher on January 24, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thompson On...Elements of Novel Writing!

Novel writing is demanding!

The novel writing process incorporates elements that must be blended and mastered to create a successful novel. I’ve developed a series of articles that will help you unit these diverse elements together and craft that…


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Added by JE Thompson on February 21, 2015 at 3:31am — No Comments


I received an interesting question from an English teacher in Iran who wanted to know the differences, if any, between “must” and “have to/has to.” This is an interesting question because the expressions are nearly identical. To answer, I had to think not only about their strict definitions but also about how they are used. 

The terms “must” and “have to/has to” are modal auxiliaries that communicate (1) an obligation to perform some action or (2) that some state of being or action is…


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Added by David Bowman on September 17, 2014 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Why I Love to Write

I am sure you writers will agree, there are many reasons we like to write. For me, the first reason is that it's my "outlet". It's the way I resolve things in my own mind. Sometimes it comes out in a short story. At other times it comes out in a song or poetry or in a blog post.  (See a video of a song I wrote below)

I call my self a creative writer. I mainly like…


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Added by Leisa Coffman on April 30, 2014 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Education Leaders Struggle with Writing

Teaching elementary and secondary students how to write well is challenging. Many students don’t understand the core principles behind writing, including the basics of sentence and paragraph structure, a logical progression of ideas, and reader awareness. Others don’t have the technical skills of writing, including grammar and punctuation. However, with consistent, year-by-year, engaging instruction by committed teachers who understand not only the value but also the principles and skills of…


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Added by David Bowman on March 25, 2014 at 11:22pm — No Comments

From Bad to Good-Technical and Academic Writing

Academic and technical writing are far different than literary writing, such as novels and poetry. The primary purpose of academic and technical writing is to provide information about a defined topic to a specific audience. Whether you write graduate papers, professional journal articles, dissertations, white papers, manuals, websites, reviews, or similar documents, you are writing academic or technical documents.


Academic and technical writing can be bad writing. They can…


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Added by David Bowman on February 8, 2014 at 1:06am — 1 Comment

Correct Use of "Rather Than"

This is a great question, and it is one I don't often see. On the other hand, it reflects a concept that confuses many people: parallelism. 

Correct use of “rather than” 

“Rather than” indicates a parallel structure in which two things are compared. To be grammatically correct, the two things being compared need to be equal, meaning they have the same grammatical structure or form. 

Here are two simple examples to demonstrate the parallel structure created…


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Added by David Bowman on January 21, 2014 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Author Promoting vs. Author Networking

The number one rule for authors is to network with other authors.  I have been informed numerous times that authors who resist others in the field, often disappear.  What’s the best way to network?  Find someone smarter than you. It's the only way we will learn and/or grow.…


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Added by Katie McKnight on November 13, 2013 at 5:05am — No Comments

The Boring Passive Voice

“Your writing bores me.” “I am bored by your writing.”

Not only do these two sentences demonstrate the difference between the active and passive voice but also they communicate a central reason for avoiding the passive voice.

In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action described by the main verb. Thus, the subject is active. In the passive voice, the action is done to the subject. Thus, the subject is passive. Passive voice is a problem for direct writing…


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Added by David Bowman on October 8, 2013 at 11:52pm — No Comments

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