Scribbles

Scribble, April 28, 2017

I tossed Snoopy off the edge. He went flying out in the darkness on top of his dog house like the World War I Flying Ace. He continued to pound out the latest Once Upon a Time on his typewriter seemingly unconcerned about the pending thwack on the floor. Of course, I ran around the desk to scrutinize the fall. He had one missing paw and the calendar blocks scattered around him. The dog nearly…

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Scribbles

Scribble, April 26, 2017

I’ve been listening to writing podcasts lately. The ones I really like are Seated at the Writer’s Table and Helping Writers Become Authors. These podcasts offer advice on writing and selling. Good stuff. For fun, I like The Disney Story Origins Podcast, Myths and Legends, and Rabbits. *** I created a Patreon page as a way to keep myself on track toward my bigger writing projects. One of the first things I have learned about myself…

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Conversations

Think About This

A Conversation “Now think about this.” “The pattern continues on in a spiral pattern and …” “Think about this.” “never ends until the entire shell is just a …” “Think about this.” “series of patterns that make up the whole.” “Think about this. If you start with a square and add a equal square you will form a new rectangle. And if you continue adding squares to match the length of the longer side of the rectangle,…

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My Craft Tidbits

Drip Drip Drip

Despite the title, this is not an invitation to slow torture. It’s an invitation to subscribe to my newsletter for updates on writing projects, ideas, writing tips, and a whole bunch of inspiration. Come on, it will be fun. [yikes-mailchimp form=”1″ title=”1″ description=”1″ submit=”Join the Newsletter”] Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings You May Like July Newsletter What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate Second Writing: Proofreading and Editing Skills…

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Conversations

Blood on the Sidewalk

A Conversation “There’s blood on the sidewalk.” “A homeless guy got beat up.” “Shouldn’t that be washed off?” “Probably.” “Do we have anyone who cleans it up?” “He comes on Fridays.” “It’s been there two weeks.” “He must have taken the week off.” “It should be cleaned up. Should we call him?” “I was on vacation last week.” “But it looks bad.” “I can’t be here for everything.” “Listen, are we going to have to have…

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Scribbles

Scribble April 17, 2017

“You had me at the lede.” In my past, a story would jump off the page and I immediately knew I wanted to read it. Today, the story often assumes I already care. Where is the passion? Why does the lede seem to fall flat? I’m finally figuring out why I no longer eagerly anticipate the newspaper; none of the ledes grab me. *** A Conversation “There’s blood on the sidewalk.” “A homeless guy got…

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On Writing

There Must Be a Change

[aesop_image imgwidth=”800″ img=”https://wordsmithholler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wicker-fence-949075_1920.jpg” credit=”Pixabay” align=”left” lightbox=”on” captionposition=”left” revealfx=”off”] For a story to rivet the reader, the characters must change from evil to good, happy to sad, selfish to compassionate, or a similar change. Otherwise, the story reads like a bland planner entry. Short stories, in particular, must show the change quickly. Flash Fiction under 500 words needs the reader to understand the main character is a lout and will become less of one by the end.…

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Scribbles

Scribble April 13, 2017

It feels like a Friday the Thirteenth. *** Water bottle tossing should be an Olympic sport. No, not the 16-ounce bottles of plastic water. I’m talking about the five-gallon bottles men seem to be only able to wrestle to the water cooler. I used to body wrestle the bottle to the top of the cooler. But then, Sheldon taught me how to sling it in a single pass where it would land on the opening.…

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Conversations

The Cure for Back Pain

A Conversation “I’m just going to take a quick walk to stretch my back.” “Does your chair tighten you up too?” “Something awful.” “I heard a rumor we might get new chairs.” “I heard it too.” “Either they give us new chairs or they supply us with an unlimited supply of Ibuprofen.” “Honestly, either option couldn’t hurt.” Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment? Other Writings You May Like Pantser Plotter Finding the Character’s Pain A…

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