Writing Craft COULD YOU DO WITHOUT ‘COULD’? by Rayne Hall

In thirty years as an editor, I’ve found the same fatty words bloat the style of many authors.


Here is a notorious, fattening, calorie-rich word: ‘could’.  If you cut it from your diet, your writing style will be come sharper and tighter.


Beginner writers are prone to overusing it. Experienced authors may use it a lot in their

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Romancing the Reader: Five Goals for Writing the Romance Story by Dave Goodlove

It was the first day of ballroom class.  Sweat formed on my brow as I glanced around the studio with mirrored walls and wooden floor at the other dancers who were warming up for the class, swinging their partners around with perfect posture and poise.  No one could believe that I wasn’t there to prepare for a wedding or a formal dance, and that I had actually come with my girlfriend of my own volition just because I’d wanted to.

I was in my mid-twenties, and I had recently fallen in love with Fred Astaire movies.  The way Fred would dance so gracefully and swing Ginger around the dance floor was nothing Continue reading

Writing Battle Scenes by Rayne Hall

Here are some techniques for creating powerful, exciting, realistic battle scenes.

The biggest challenge in writing a battle scene is the point of view. To make the experience exciting and moving, it’s best to stick to the perspective of a single fighter Continue reading

B. Paradis–Untitled

Each step was more agonizing than the last, each breath revealed another inner demon.  The Blue Forest was so majestic during the day, but under the shadow of night, its true nature was revealed. This was the only portal that all the sorrows of the world were released, in so much that even the flowers themselves grew blue from the tears of the Earth.

Another howl… Continue reading

Myron Dansby–Untitled

It was a stab in the hart, that she didn’t expect, after all, she hardly knew this little cat, it belonged to the neighbor, and it was bothersome at times, coming over and rubbing against her leg, running back and forth in the street.
as she knelt down by its lifeless body, a tear fell from her her cheek and disappeared into the pond of warm blood, she felt angry and sad at the same time.
if it wasn’t in the street that car wouldn’t have hit it!  she plucked up the body from the street and carried it to the old lady’s yard she was covered with blood and she knew she would have to find somewhere to wash. Continue reading

Dyane Forde–Fire Reaper


(This piece of fan fiction is based on the anime series, Darker Than Black)

”The pain surprised her, she had thought it would hurt less this time.  Looking down, a tear fell from her cheek and disappeared into the pool of warm blood.  She knew she would have to find somewhere to wash.”

But that would have to wait. First, she had to pay her price and get back on her feet. More men were coming. Continue reading

M. A Barr–Maskara

I remember visiting the Witch’s bamboo hut.  People came sick and with questions, bearing gifts of meat, vegetable, and fruit as payment for her medicine and fortune-telling.  I went there every day, the smoky smell of incense an inviting scent, watched as she made herbal medicines, and as she put on a brightly painted mask each time.  I remember asking her for one, she told me they weren’t for little boys to play with.  I asked and I asked until finally I asked… Continue reading

Get Ready!

Hello everyone!

Don’t miss out on our fun. Join the Writer’s Challenge that ends in three days!

Three more days til the Writer’s Challenge ends and the voting begins!!! How exciting! I think I’ve had too much coffee. The exclamation points are available in abundance this morning. I’m just SO EXCITED! Have I mentioned how excited I am yet?

If you are a G+ member, please feel free to submit your entry for the Challenge on this thread link. If you come from twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, please feel free to submit your entries to our email address davidandadrianna@yahoo.com.

Writer’s Challenge ends October 25, 2013!! So make sure you submit them before midnight EST. Entries will be displayed here for voting on October 26, 2013 by 6 A.M. EST. 

Writer’s Challenge details below:

This is just for fun!!! No wrong or right here. Just WRITE! get your juices flowing!! (hush)

-tell story using this prompt in 500 words or less_
-mention whether you’re using Prompt 1 or 2
-post your story/poem/prose here on this thread (or via email). It needs to be on this thread in order for others to VOTE on it. If it isn’t on here, we will miss it.
-No need to use prompts word for word. Use the inspiration and create!
-DEADLINE: October 25th, 2013

Winner will be featured on my site promoting either their own book or a selected favorite that they have written, for an entire month & recognized by thousands of world-wide fellow writers/authors.

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Prompt choices:

”Sleet pinging against dark glass behind him, wind whipped leaves stampeding past his feet on the unlit path, an eerie howl screaming through the treetops; he knew he had trespassed against all reason and common sense, yet he walked further, bent against the storm, forward to meet his nightmare face-to-face.”

”The pain surprised her, she had thought it would hurt less this time. Looking down, a tear fell from her cheek and disappeared into the pool of warm blood. She knew she would have to find somewhere to wash.”

                                                     ****For all entries****
The author entering into this contest is to submit their own work. Not that of another. The winner will have the opportunity to promote their own work, not that of someone else’s. It’s only fair for the other writers who work hard to enter into this contest. Any entries that do not follow these requirements/rules will be removed from contest. 🙂 please remember, you don’t have to be perfect, just write! 🙂 Deadline is October 25th.

–A. Joleigh