Writing Craft: Captivity Scenes by Rayne Hall

If you’re writing a novel, is there a scene where the heroine is imprisoned or locked up against her will?

Here are some techniques to make this scene powerful.

1. If possible, make the room dark or semi-dark. Perhaps she’s locked up in a lightless Continue reading

Meet The Writers

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M A Barr

M.A Barr

M. A. Barr is a full-time student finishing up an A.A. Pharmacy degree at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  After taking a Creative Writing class, he discovered a love for the art of prose and storytelling; writing 100 word stories daily on his blog: Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

When asked about what first drew him to storytelling, he answered, ”The love for writing grew with my friends that introduced me to sci-fi/fantasy genre books, and nights spent creating stories and characters with them.  It only grew from there.  I found even more friends that actually got me to start doing this project with them of writing 100 word stories daily.  Honestly, at the start, I really just wrote maybe once or twice a week.  That all changed after the Creative Writing class and when my Professor (Ms. Greer) sat me down and asked ‘Why the heck are you doing Pharmacy when you write so well?’”  This inspired him to start his blog, and put more focus on developing his “storytelling chops” by writing 100 word stories daily for a year.  “I’m still learning.  I started late.  I’m putting this project out there to get criticisms, to let others use it as a story prompt if they want, and to entertain people.”

Asides from being a full-time student/full-time writer, he works in the Pharmacy at Mease Countryside Hospital part-time.  He moved from the Philippines to America four years ago and takes care of his grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  “It’s one of the reasons I bring up memories a lot in my stories.  I dedicate and read a lot of them to her.”

Visit M.A Barr’s blog at Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

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— When You Wish Upon a Star


Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 


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Dear James

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Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza was born on the 13th of September 1991 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. He is currently getting his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Botswana. Mbongeni is an aspiring writer, poet, and advocate, with an objective to change the dimensional views of the world through poetry and writing. Mbongeni began writing poetry in 2009 as a way of impressing a girl. He later fell in love with the written and spoken word, and became geared to learning  and perfecting his skill of writing.
Visit more of his writing at Vinely Pressed. 
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New York
 Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin

Yolanda was born in Madrid Spain, and immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was four-years-old. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently and dabbles in Italian. She is a Licensed Conveyancer in Sydney, Australia.

Yolanda has many interests. One of them is the theatre, performing and attending.  She is a member of a community theatre at which she performs.  She also enjoys photography, and traveling.

Her greatest passion is writing, with life as her inspiration; with all its beauty and its ugliness. She has always enjoyed writing, but started her blog as a way of externalizing her thoughts and emotions. Whilst she enjoys writing prose, poetry is her first love, due to the freedom of expression it allows.
Favorite quote:

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

Read more of Yolanda’s work on her blog: Love Pain and Other Catastrophes

Follow Yolanda on tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

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— ”Unseeing Eyes” (poem)


Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes
Nicki is a full-time working mom in Northern California, USA.  When she isn’t at her day job in the office, building forts with her two young children, or washing the dishes for the fifth time in a day, her head is in the clouds.  Her nose is often in a book, but she dreams of bringing characters to life and putting stories on paper for others to enjoy.  Now, at the age of 30, Nicki is finally realizing that she can do what she loves most, which is express herself through the written word.  Currently she’s working on overcoming her biggest obstacle in reaching her dream of writing:  herself.
Follow Nicki Redes at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads
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Rusty Rimes

Rusty Rimes was born in the Southwest United States, in 1957

He received his highschool GED at the age of sixteen, and has continued with self education the rest of his life. Which has lead to a favorite saying: “If you don’t know something, go learn it.”

Rusty loves all things beautiful, despises all things cruel. Enjoys Classical music most of all, but has an eclectic appreciation for all forms.

His wish for humanity, is simply to love one another with open concern for each persons well being.

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Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos

About  Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos is a freelance writer and blogger.  She enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, while juggling motherhood and all the fun challenges that come with it.  Her poems have been published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and her short fiction has appeared in eFiction.  She is currently working on her first novel, as well as a chapbook of poetry.  She lives with her family in the foothills of Colorado, though her heart lies in the Midwest, where she was born.  Her blog, http://www.muffinsandmetaphors.blogspot.com, chronicles the daily life of a writer-mama who dabbles in the art of baking.

Follow Amy Glamos on Twitter and Google+

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Harmony and Discord (short story)

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebookGoodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story


Mad Mac

Just Desserts (Christmas Story)

— View from the Open Sea

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Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn grew up in a small town in the Netherland, and a good way to escape was to read, especially when a library was built. Marco graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry (NL), a MSc in molecular biology (FI) and a PhD in bioprocess Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. Marco is currently working on pharmaceutical proteins, their development and delivery at the University of Helsinki, Finland where he resides with his heroic wife and three magical children.

The narratives found in research are creative and intuitive, and can be as fascinating as a good book. Marco has been writing short stories and poetry since high school and continues to do so. In addition, Marco has published several academic peer reviewed articles in respectable journals. Marco is currently working on his lyric sequence “My Opaque Dreams”, while poetry and short stories along the way.

Follow Marco G. Casteleijn on: G+, Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter

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Kaziwa Salih

Award winning author, journalist, and social activist, currently a post-graduate student at York University, where she has already obtained a BA in Communication, an MA in Culture and Genocide studies, and a graduate certificate in Migration and Forced Refugee Issues She also has a certificate in International Journalism for International Writers from Sheridan College.

Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010, she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books, and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Nagham House and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In recognition of her short stories, she was a two-time recipient of the first award at the Academia Mutamenti–Amita Festival of Art and Literature in Italy, in 2001 and 2002. She is appointed for 2014 Writer-in-Resident at George Brown College by PEN Canada.

Salih has participated in a number of international workshops and conferences, most recently a field study on the Holocaust with York University and “TheWomen of the Middle East” conference on agency and activism with Albany State University in New York. Kaziwa’s academic interests include genocide and culture, culture and communication theory, Kurdish studies, gender and ethics, and cultural psychology. She has been a member of numerous human rights organizations such as United Nation Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Egypt Human Rights Organization, Kurdistan Human Rights, Pen Canada and Writer in Exile.

Website :       www.kaziwa.com

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/kaziwa.salih

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/KaziwaSalih

–Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Wisdom of Being Blind

Doug Metz

Doug Metz

Douglas Metz is a poet and writer from New Jersey with a penchant for things macabre. In addition to writing he enjoys doing spoken word performances and recordings. His poetry, stories and recordings can all be found on http://unknownpoetry.wordpress.com.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Feast of Friends (short story)

A Void to Avoid (short story)

— Shadow Dancer (poem)

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