My Craft On Writing

Letters Never Meant to be Read Vol. III

I received some good news today regarding my contribution to Letters Never Meant to be Read Vol. III. The book is now LIVE on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Very exciting stuff to find yourself published in an anthology. I wrote my letter a while ago and it was picked up for inclusion in the book. Have you ever wanted to write a letter to that guy or gal you brushed up against on the train? How about…

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My Craft Self-Publishing Tall Tales of Sin

FREE! Cindy’s Sin Kindle E-Book

It’s FREE! I said FREE! For a limited time. Download it now! Hurry! Cindy’s Sin Free Ebook That’s right, you heard it first folks, my premier novella on Kindle Cindy’s Sin, and my first foray into self-publishing, is now FREE as a download on Kindle until Saturday (7/28/18). I just ask for a review if you enjoyed it, and a review if you found it lacking. Review help me improve. So, pile on! Thanks for…

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My Craft On Writing Tall Tales of Sin

Cindy’s Sin

Cindy’s Sin is the first novella in the series Tall Tales of Sin. You can read the novella in chapters here, or you can purchase the entire story on Amazon. The novella starts off with the chapter Greyhound Arriving as Cindy Lash arrives in Las Vegas to avenge the murder of her father. Cindy appears a novice. But she quickly learns some street smarts to carry her through to the end of her revenge plan.…

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My Craft On Writing

Book Review – The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies

Well, that’s a mouthful and they had to use an ampersand to make it all fit. However, Neal Soloponte provides 195 plot stages to consider in shaping a novel so the title needs some heft. The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies delivers so many plot stages that I fell into the rabbit hole Soloponte took in writing this book. Like my favorite, Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys…

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On Writing

Write Fiction with a Story Prompt

I am a big fan of story prompts whether they consist of a word, a sentence, an idea, or a photo. The story prompt serves as a launch pad for creativity and it prompts the writer to see inward, consider possibilities, and think how the reader will respond. On Steemit, the #freewrite group of writers tackles a daily story prompt provided by @mariannewest. Nearly 250 writers participate by writing whatever comes to mind in five minutes. Some…

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On Writing

My Typewriter Affection

In the fourth grade I received an old manual typewriter. I immediately put out a family newspaper and charged my sisters 5-cents to read it. They loved me and bought my daily scribblings until mom told them to stop it. I then just gave them copies. We never had hamster cages, so I always assumed they read them and probably tossed them (recycling wasn’t a thing when we were kids). My early writings are probably…

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On Writing

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

I occasionally offer up my writing advice. My personal routine centers around writing at least 500 words or just anything for me everyday. This could be fiction, poetry, a chat-story, or just scribbles. I am a professional writer of non-fiction. Putting up a word count of 2,000 words takes little effort. Of course, most of those words focus on how-to, technical, and specialty writing. Writing comes natural and I enjoy it. However, those 500 words…

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