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Short Story Fridays: Severus the Rogue-Desperate Times

Tweet of the Day: Tease Your Readers With Joking Clues ——- 10 – 12 ——- “Not like I have a choice,” I sighed.  The surviving fighters, veterans of countless weeks of blood soaked arena combat, sat around the fire pit. I poked the embers with a stick and they sizzled in protests. The days were […]

Setting the Scene: Panorama vs. Montage

Tweet of the Day: Mass Effect 3-The Battle Against the Blond ——- Or BIG PICTURE/little picture. Writers can chose one of two approaches to establishing a scene. One conveys the scene in broad strokes, not unlike a panoramic shot in a movie (think LotR) or it can focus on small details, like a quick montage. […]

Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 20-False Flag

Tweet of the Day: The Benefits of a Clueless Character ——– Intro – 19 – 21 ——– Sarnia Refinery, Ontario, Canada, August 28 10:58 a.m. The kid talked to the gate guard for several minutes. Not once did the guard notice that his interlocutor was a thirteen year old. But I saw it clearly from […]

Missing the Point: Why Magic Is In The Blood.

Tweet of the Day: When did magic become elitist? ——- A recent post in io9 by David Liss, author of The Twelfth Enchantment asks why stories today posit stories posit the ability to cast magic on genetic predisposition or blood of the user: It was the logic of magic that struck me most. In my […]

TV Tropes Monday: Shipper on Board

  Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses: Making Your Descriptions Do More Than One Thing ——- WARNING: This trope is made of shipping.It contains an excess of tropes. You have been warned. Shippers, those who pair one character with another, not only exist outside of the pages in your hands, gentle reader, but also inside […]

Sunday Tweet: Character Trait-Intelligent

Today’s tweet is brought to us by The Bookshelf Muse a most excellent blog for all things writing. Intellect. Intelligence. Cleverness. A rare trait in characters. Associated more with villains than heroes. Characters of intellect are either distrusted or seen as weak, relying on trickery instead of honorable skills. Yet many a character falls into […]

Weekend Roundup: August 7-13

  Tweet of the Day: How Marie Claire improved me as a writer. ——- Weird week, eh? Went a bit of the rails. Sorry about that. I’m sure you miss the regular posts, and as promised they will be back next week. To be honest, I’ve had a bit of a brain fart when it […]

Harry Potter Fanfic: Remembrance Day

Tweet of the Day: Review: Stolen Continents ——- Don’t ask me why I decided to dump today’s post for a HP fan fic, and as you will see, one so sickly sweet as this one. I guess sometimes I need to take a break from a project, let it simmer a bit before diving back […]

August Writing Challenge: Doorways-Vaults and Gardens

Tweet of the Day: Sunset ——- The house was old, tucked away in a forgotten corner of Edinburgh’s winding medieval streets. Theo inspected the premises with care. As the last of the Welby’s , or at least the last to carry the name, the house belong to him. In the cellar, tucked away behind a […]

August 2011 AW Blog Chain: The Continuing Story of a Song

Tweet of the Day: Is Your Character a Windbag? ——– We interrupt our regularly scheduled post (Wizards’ World War) for a special edition of the August AW Blog Chain: The Continuing Story of a Song. But not to worry, dear and loyal readers, WWW will come back next week with more action, more drama and […]