Creative Series III: Dialogue, Breathing Life Into Our Characters and Stories

Creative Series III: Dialogue, Breathing Life Into Our Characters and Stories

Dialogue is how we can allow our characters to breathe life into our story. It is important to allow our characters to “own” their part of the printed page. What do I mean by making this statement? What happens when we do not allow the voices and images that we have in our minds and […]

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The Newest Peeve Post: “Peeved About Relatives”

The Newest Peeve Post: “Peeved About Relatives”

Click here to head over to my newest post! If you’re one of those people who has been feeling ransacked, waylaid and dismayed about your relatives, or their visits, this Peeve post is for you! In this post, I discuss many of the problems that happen, can happen or do happen to you when relatives […]

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Creative Series III: The Creative Writer

Creative Series III: The Creative Writer

Some of us DO have problems writing (or thinking of what or how we want to express ourselves) at times. The writing process, especially writing when you don’t “feel” like writing or downright procrastinating about your writing can happen for all kinds of reasons. You could be feeling ill, emotional or just lazy. So as a writer, what do you do?

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Creative Series II: The Pitfalls and Perils of Punctuation

Creative Series II: The Pitfalls and Perils of Punctuation

If you’re like me, you might sometimes have problems with punctuation. Let’s talk about punctuation first, and what it is for. Punctuation has a historical reason for being a part of our written language. The history of punctuation is actually quite fascinating, as presented by the BBC in an online article. A Wikipedia search shows […]

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Creative Series 1: Finding the Right Voice

Creative Series 1: Finding the Right Voice

When we write, as in a play, we may use many voices. Many of us do not realize when we are using a specific voice. I refer of course, to the person who is impersonating a journalist in their prose. Examples of this voice are present every day. There are appropriate times to use a […]

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Creative Series 1: Writing and Perspective – How Controversy Can Become Unforgettable Stories or Articles

Creative Series 1: Writing and Perspective – How Controversy Can Become Unforgettable Stories or Articles

So, what kinds of problems can we find that could make “killer” stories or ideas? Well, controversy sells. One issue that is hotly debated by politicians, communities, friends and family alike is the issue of guns. The NRA (National Rifle Association) is a non-profit organization that is predicated to the United States 2nd Amendment Right […]

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Creative Series 1:Getting Ideas

Creative Series 1:Getting Ideas

When I am developing a book, song or image, I sometimes think about its salability. More often than not, I write because I enjoy what I writing. I watched a movie recently distributed on DVD and video streaming outlets (though none of the lists I found even mentions “vudu.com”; which I personally feel is a terrific site, not […]

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Reviewing Old Chapters: The Process of Editing

  I have started the ever-tedious process of going through my old chapters before creating any new material. I highly recommend this technique to anyone who is creating any new material. So far, I have found paragraph errors, single line errors and a few errors in punctuation. It is critical that you ensure whatever you […]

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There Can Be No Joy Greater Than Revenge — Noisy Upstairs Neighbor

Vengeance is mine, sayeth me!  I cannot believe that I have found my upstairs neighbor’s Achille’s Heel.  I was playing some music on my computer when I heard a foot stomping on the floor above me.   I chortled in hacks of mirth as I contemplated this new discovery.  At long last!  I believe I have found […]

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The Riddle of the Sword

I watched part of a documentary program the other night about the sword in world culture. It talked about a number of things, but what interested me the most was the resurgence of european martial arts.  The fascinating part of watching historical documentation of martial swordplay was that it became lost not because of the gun, […]

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