DEMURE AND DANGEROUS – WRITING FEMALE SELF-DEFENCE SCENES by Rayne Hall


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DEMURE AND DANGEROUS – WRITING FEMALE SELF-DEFENCE SCENES

by Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall

 

Today’s readers expect the heroine to fight her own way out of trouble. Screaming, swooning, and waiting for the hero to come to the rescue, is no longer enough. Continue reading

G+ Profile for the Writer’s Gallery


Dear loyal followers, authors, crazy people, “sane” people, Oompa Loompas, Lollipop Guild…..

I am happy to announce that we have a Google+ profile page that Adrianna is running!!! The page will be there to update everyone interested about our upcoming competitions, and introducing submitted writings by you all. Also, it will be there to share your work from your profiles.

If you wish to have your stories (short or long), poems, or prose posted on our site, please submit to davidandadrianna@yahoo.com.

All of you that were friends with A. Joleigh before, please circle her again. Would you please share this with your circles, too?

LINK: http://goo.gl/ZpBlXe

 

Writing Craft: DELECTABLE DAGGERS – THE WRITER’S MOST USEFUL WEAPON by Rayne Hall


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For historical fiction, a dagger is the ideal weapon: plausible in many scenarios, and  loaded with emotional connotations. Yet, its under-used, because few writers grasp the Continue reading

The Book Is Here!!


Some of you may remember that I had won first place in a poetry contest in the Darker Times Collection. The anthology is now available!!! To some of you multi-published authors this may seem old school, haha, so excuse my childish glee. Lol. IMG_1312

 

If you want to buy the anthology where I’ve been published, visit these links below:

Darker Times Volume Two — Kindle Edition (in the UK)

Darker Times Volume Two — Paperback (in the UK)

Darker Times Volume Two — Paperback & Kindle (in the USA) 

 

I have been writing some experimental stories and would like to post them and get all of your opinions and feedback if you like? Not sure if that is something you all would like to get involved in, but let me know. I’m a little rusty since I haven’t shown any of my stories in almost a year now. Ack! I feel like I’m starting all over again.

 

Anyways.. HAPPY WEEKEND!! 🙂

A. Joleigh

 

A little note for our followers (please share)


Dear friends,

I wanted to write you all and let you know that although David and I haven’t been as active in your communities, we are still here. We haven’t forgotten you. 🙂 Our jobs have taken up a lot of our time but we are still receiving your emails and posting your stories.IMG_1312

We think of you all often and would like to hear any ideas on what you’d like to see on our site to help/inspire you more. Writing tips? Story prompts? Photo prompts? Are there categories that you’d like to see more of?

As some of you already know, I no longer have a Google + account, but I’d much appreciate it if you’d share this post with your circles so that others may still have the opportunity to see what’s going on in our gallery.

I miss you all very much. Please feel free to contact us and let us know your thoughts. You can either comment on this post below, or you may email us at davidandadrianna@yahoo.com. I check the email daily and will reply A.S.A.P.

I’d like to do a 4th of July writing contest with prizes, but first I need to know if anyone is interested in participating. If I can get at least 5 people interested, then I will put something together with David. 

Loyally,

A. Joleigh a.k.a PITA

How To Write Like You Are In Love: Tips For Romance Writers By Dave Goodlove


Have you ever noticed how different you feel and act when you are in love?  The whole world opens up, flowers bloom like the first day of spring after a long winter, and you notice things that have always been there but suddenly appear like they are in technocolor after having watched black-and-white TV your whole life.  Such is the heart inflame with love.  When a romance writer’s characters are in love, the reader absolutely must feel it.  For the reader to live vicariously through our characters, there must be a sense that life for our character in love is completely different in every way.  In some ways, it’s like the difference Continue reading

February’s 2014 Valentine’s Poetry Writer’s Challenge Winner


Congratulations to Joseph Imperi for winning the Valentine’s Poetry Writer’s Challenge!!!

Joe Imperi, 43 and a daddy of two young boys, Alexander and Christian, has been writing poetry on and off since high school.  After his separation in April 2011, he founded the

Joe Imperi

Joe Imperi

Dads Rights Coalition of NY support group on FB. This was done due to not being able to find an outlet for people in his situation.  He is also a board member of Fathers and Families of NY. Writing has “saved his sanity” and has been his way of channeling his energy into something positive.  By creating a place to vent positively against parental alienation, he has been able to help many afflicted by the same situation as his own. This is also when he decided to start writing his blog that is aptly titled “Saving my sanity, one blog at a time”.  Joe declares himself a hopeful romantic, yet a lot of his poetry draws from the darker side of loves lost. He recently was published on the online journal The Cultured Vultures in the U.K.  He is working on a compilation of country music poems that he hopes will one day become actual songs. One very recent poem of Joe’s, “She’s just a country girl”, now has a sister version written by Denise Baxter Yoder called “Country Gal”. The two of them hope to bring both poems together into a duet version in the near future.

Along with witting, Joe is an avid hockey fan of the Buffalo Sabres, a lover of fishing, festivals, rollercoasters and anything else related to his home town of Buffalo, NY.

You can find all of Joe Imperis work on his main blog site: www.dadsrightscoalition.wordpress.com

Joe is active in poetry communities found on FB and Google+ and also has another blog: www.savingmysanityoneblogatatime.blogspot.com

Finally, here is a link to his support group that supports not just Dads, but all parents affected by Parental Alienation: www.facebook.com/groups/DadsRightsCoalitionofNY/

Joseph Imperi’s Winning Entry

Really?!?!?!?! Seriously?!?!?!?!

You were always my best friend first
There is really no excuse
Your love is what I thirst
Oh really what’s the use

You were given all I could give Continue reading

WRITING CRAFT: CREATING CLIFFHANGERS by Rayne Hall


To keep the reader going, turning page after page even when she meant to do the dishes or go to sleep, place an exciting hook at the end of every scene.

Don’t end a scene with everything resolved, good and well. Instead, make the reader tense

Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall

about what happens next.

Scene-Ending Hooks

State the character’s goal at the beginning of the Continue reading

Time by Richard Heby


TIME
Love lost long ago
lives in far stars exploding
in a million years

Richard Heby

Richard Heby

VOTE HERE!!

My Pet Monkey by Suri Ben Noah


MY PET MONKEY

I came across a monkey so dear

So cute it was, I loved it truly

My love I expressed without fear

Though the monkey at times turned unruly Continue reading

In Love by Jennifer Mallu


In Love

Lust is such a shallow word
For it cannot define such depth
The feeling deep within my soul
That comforts all emotions bereft

Only your words can open this heart Continue reading

I Saw You Coming by Dan Ankers


I saw you coming a long, long way
away from me
So far I couldn’t tell the color of your hair
or how tall you’d be
You were just a simple glimmer of hope
inside the lens of my childhood telescope
(I knew you’d come,
you were always there with me) Continue reading

Falling In One’s Own Trap by Arushi Sachan


I fell for it

An exotic predator

Golden intriguing eyes

The powerful essence

Ripping me apart Continue reading

Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge!!!! (CANCELLED)


(DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS CHALLENGE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ANY ONE THAT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR WORK THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE, WILL BE EMAILED)

Hi everyone!!!

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Welcome to the Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge.

All information is listed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at davidandadrianna@yahoo.com

Writing Prompts: 

And Why Beholdest Thou the Mote that is in thy Brother’s Eye:  An arid wind swept up a cloud of sand and the tiniest speck of silica lodged in the corner of his eye.  For a brief moment he saw with a previously unknown clarity, what must be done and how he must do it.

Hell Hath No Fury:  The bridge was too narrow to accommodate pedestrians, but Jim had to cross the river.  The setting sun blinded his vision and his iPod was screaming Layla by Derick and the Dominos in his ears; he was oblivious to the approach of his ex-wife’s car. Continue reading

WRITING CRAFT: CHASES AND ESCAPES by Rayne Hall


Does your novel-in-progress contain a scene where the heroine escapes from danger, with the villain chasing after her? Excellent. Readers love the these scenes.

Here are some techniques to make your escape scene exciting.

1. Point of View

Stay in deep Point of View. If possible, write the scene from the fleeing person’s point of view. This means showing only what this person sees, hears and feels. If the PoV Continue reading

Just Desserts by Dyane Forde (Christmas story)


Just Desserts

He’s here.

The clattering on the rooftop followed by the clomping of heavy boots confirms it. After a flurry of grunting and neighing and the stamping of cloven hooves, the commotion on the roof falls silent. I must give the man credit. Sweet-faced and dolled up in red, white and black, the apple-cheeked hypocrite has trained them well. The team of massive, horned beasts cower at his every whim. Continue reading

Winner for the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!


After 635 votes and over 2,000 reads we have our winner!!!! 

Congratulations to the winner of the Christmas Writer’s Challenge, Vanessa Wright!!!!

To read the winning story, click here. Vanessa Wright’s biography, and other information on how to learn more about this author, will be displayed in the next few days.

I’m so proud of every one of these entries. You all did such a great job putting your minds into your work. David and I will go through the remaining entries and choose our favorites to display on the site permanently. The results of those will be displayed in the next few days.

Due to Christmas holidays we will all be a bit busy, but keep your eyes open for our next Writer’s Challenge for Valentines!! This time, it will be poetry only. 🙂 I hope you guys are ready!!! 

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

Harmony and Discord by Amy Glamos


It was the wind that woke her, howling through the screens and lashing against the old house mercilessly.  The lone tree that graced their backyard scraped across the roof with its gnarled, naked limbs, refusing to relent.  Mariah turned to the glowing numbers on the alarm clock.  4:23.  Her eyes went to her husband, soundlessly sprawled on the pillow next to her.  The stark black ink of a tattoo peeking out from beneath the sheets called forth bygone nights that felt scattered by a wind just as strong as the one raging outside.  Her Continue reading

KEEP THE BEST FOR LAST: Backloading Technique by Rayne Hall


BACKLOADING TECHNIQUE

Here is a nifty technique to give your writing style more impact: Structure your sentences so the most powerful word comes at the end. The last word touches the reader’s psyche more than any other, so make it count.

Short, evocative nouns, adjectives and verbs are best. Here’s a list for your inspiration: RayneHall - Fantasy Horror Author - Portrait by Fawnheartdeath, dead, kiss, lust, treachery, blood, fear, die, kill, deep, cold, heat, dark, boil, pull, grave, grip, grasp, hope, sear, scream, thrill, scar, bone, flesh, skull, wound, pray, pain, soul, child, flee, trap, teeth, curse, escape, safe, love.

These words, on the other hand, have no particular effect: it, then, them, across, through, there, somehow, around,  under, of, off, for, that, be, others, his, her.

Often, restructuring the sentence is all it takes, or perhaps adding, deleting or replacing Continue reading

Writing Prompts for the Upcoming Week December 9th


Hi everyone! 🙂 It’s Adrianna. I thought I’d throw in some writing prompts of my own, since I hadn’t as of yet. You know me and my sick sense of humor LOL. Let me know if you can think of anything. There is NOT a word minimum, 😀 so your stories or poems can be 200 words, 500 or 5,000+. I hope everyone is having fun preparing for the holidays. The air outside is fresh, the snow is falling and streams of decorations light the nights. (sigh) Hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday ahead of you.

Prompts: 

1)   Death fell onto the city, homes collapsed and nothing remained except and ash from the burning bodies. An orphaned child pushed his way through the destroyed house, Continue reading

Aspiring Authors


Hello my dear writers,

As you know, we have another opportunity for writers to come join in another adventure. (If you have not seen David’s post regarding this venture, please click here) First, I’d like to mention that this application opportunity is being offered to all of you. What the Writer’s Gallery is seeking are writers willing to put forth their best work and be viewed by not only the public, but by the professionals of the publishing industry.  We need only top quality work. Continue reading