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Literary genre types in fiction – Armchair BEA

The Grimm Brothers devoted their life to literary genre types known as fairy tales.
This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Literary genre types and categories Literary genre types or categories exist, too, in addition to all the popular or commercial fiction genres. Sometimes people don’t think of these stories as genres. We’re so used to thinking about them as units unto…

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Write a good short story, enter a great writing contest

Fiction writing contest – American style Once again The Saturday Evening Post has issued a call for short stories (1,500 – 5,00 words) for their Great American Fiction Contest. The magazine writing contest entries are to be submitted through the online entry form by the July 1st, 2013 deadline. The winner’s story will be published in…

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A roadmap of reading, writing, and resolutions

A writer’s blueprint for 2013 There is something about the turning of the year that uncoils energy, stirs the imagination, and ignites the passion to get things done. This year proves no different. I’ve been busy, busy, busy and my keyboard is humming from all the finger tapping. Resolutions? Well, maybe my version of them:…

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A simple moment of action unleashes a story

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Visual timed creative writing exercise Some people find photographs useful when it comes to doing timed writing exercises. Visual prompts are a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Finding something to write about is a matter of discovery. An action photo…

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Let dialogue lead you to story

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Hear the story, set the scene Using visual prompts is a great writing exercise to warm up those creative muscles. Many writers like to add the extra A calm, even playful scene can often cast a benign overlay over darker undercurrents. This week’s…

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BBAW 2012 – Who’s that blogger?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series BBAW

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series BBAW Today’s topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 is to have an interview with a book blogger. Since I’m a wee bit tardy to the party, I’m left with the task of creating a self-interview. About the blog Down the Writer’s Path As a…

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Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest, The Daily Press weekly writing challenge, and Cropp.me

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsMore resources for writers In search of helpful websites and smart tools to make your writing life easier and more productive? This week’s finds might send you to the moon. They’ll certainly become handy for deadlines, lectures, and cafe writing. If you haven’t…

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Mine a group’s dynamic for plot

This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Quick scene writing exercise Groups of people provide potential story starters. We all know a group dynamic starts within minutes. Individuals take on roles and jockey for position. A group can be a terrific catalyst for a scene and start some kind of…

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Spin a story out of an occupation

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Use a character’s job to spark a story A person is the sum total of his or her parts and one part is that of their occupation. Uniforms or a particular style of dress often conjure up particular actions, events, and even language….

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Contest Junkie? 2012 Family Circle Fiction Contest deadline nears

Enter a contest and warm up for NaNoWriMo, too Can you write a short story in less than twelve days? If so, you can enter this year’s Family Circle Magazine short fiction contest. Start today and get that story written, edited and mailed before or on September 7, 2012 to enter this year’s contest. You…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Eric Maisel, Written Kitten, Snagit, Pixel Ruler, creativity and deep writing

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsTips and tools for writers This week’s tools, apps, and books for writers are fun, creative, and productive. Nanowrimo is approaching and some of you might be ready to try a little warm up or clear the web from the deep creative recesses…

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Start your story in the middle of action

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Begin writing in medias res Readers today have little patience for the long, unfolding story setups of the past. They want action, demand movement. Today’s writers often take their cue from an old literary phrase that is all about beginning a story, a chapter,…

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Top ten favorite books for writers now and to come

Writing the breakout novel, the personal essay, mummies and…. Choosing ten books to highlight for this week’s book post is a challenge even when framed by the years my blog has been in operation since 2003 to the present. The problem is not that I’ve read so few books but so many. Do I limit…

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Are you writing for the modern 21st century reader?

What I learned from Donald Maass and his books Writers need to put some fire under their characters to break out their fiction. When I discovered the work literary agent Donald Maass has done on character development in his books on writing, I hit the mother lode. I would have to write a book to…

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Top Ten – Memorable characters found in books

Create vivid fictional characters Plot or character? Today character reigns supreme in the reader’s mind, so writers spend a lot of time trying to create memorable characters that walk off the page and take up residence in a reader’s imagination. What book characters come to mind when you think of all the stories you’ve read?…

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