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Book Review – The 2018 Author’s Journal

Author: Audrey Ann Hughey Title: The 2018 Author’s Journal Pages: 346 Formats: Paperback 8.5×11 Language: English ISBN-10: 198146476X ISBN-13: 978-1981464760 Availability: Amazon,  Website: Book Blurb Make 2018 Your Best Author Year Ever! The 2018 Author’s Journal is a planner designed for authors, providing … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester

Author: Deborah Chester Title: The Fantasy Fiction Formula Pages: 264 Formats: Paperback, Kindle, Nook … podcast… Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0719097061 ISBN-13: 978-0719097065 Availability: Amazon,  Barnes and Noble Website: DeborahChester dot com Book Blurb “Listen carefully to what Debbie … Continue reading

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Welcome to the insanity that is: NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again: friends vanish for long stretches of time and start obsessing about word counts and write-ins, all in the name of NaNoWriMo.  For those of you who haven’t heard about it, November is National Novel … Continue reading

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A Serious Word on Backups…

Making a backup isn’t always enough – take it from me: go the extra step and make sure a) you’ve backed up what you think you have and b) it actually worked. I’ve just come back from a ‘catastrophic’ failure … Continue reading

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Poetry Part 2: Rhyme and meter aka Rhythm and Rhyme

Words have rhythm when spoken and when we’re rhyming it’s not always the last syllable that makes the rhyme work.   Eons ago, when I was working on a solo for ‘State Solo and Ensemble Festival’ my flute teacher talked … Continue reading

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Musings on the importance of the first line

A lot of people talk about having a hook, or if we are going for a fishing metaphor lure, that catches the reader’s attention long enough to hook them and draw them in… but there’s a lot more to it … Continue reading

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Poetry: Part 2 Interrelationships

As stated in the overview, emotion, rhythm and meaning are building blocks of poetry.  In Part 1 we discussed them in relationship to words, now it’s time to think about their relationship to each other. One of the best examples … Continue reading

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