Writing Prompt by A. Joleigh with PRIZES!! CANCELLED


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!  

The writing prompt is as follows:

You live in a third-world country (you can name one that exists or you can make one up).

The story takes place in a prison. A prison where only the worlds most dangerous prisoners go. When a prisoner (innocent or not) is admitted to this prison, his/her family is also put into the prison along with him/her until the sentence is finished or the prisoner dies. Some examples to get the imagination going: Will families kill the prisoner so that they can be free again or will they wait it out with their loved ones until the sentence is over? Will families hire other families to do their dirty work? What hardships are in the prison? Be creative. Dig deep and pull out the ugly and blunt truth that is hiding in that imagination of yours. 

You choose POV, characters, etc. I only ask that you follow the plot set above:

4,000 – 8,000 words

Genre: Horror / Drama / Sci-fi (You get to choose which one)

NO COMEDY

The finalists will be determined by David Kent and me, and then the public will vote on which of those finalists win the prize. 

STORY DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 28TH, 2015

ENTRY FEE DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 20TH, 2015

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR WRITER FRIENDS!!!

WRITING A GREAT DUEL SCENE by Rayne Hall


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Duels are often the most exciting and memorable scenes of a novel.  Here are some tips Continue reading

WRITING CRAFT: WHAT LURKS BEHIND THAT DOOR? – CREATING SUSPENSE by Rayne Hall


Suspense is a feeling – the feeling of excitement, of tension, of fear, the feeling of needing to know what happens next. As writers, we aim to create suspense, because our readers love it. 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

 

View from the Open Sea by Dyane Forde (April’s prompt)


View from the Open Sea (433 words)

Our dreams are but crystal drops falling from eyes tearing with joy or sorrow; their pings can be heard for miles around; their echoes bounce back to bless or to haunt. One droplet, the best droplet, shone as a white flare for a moment in time; smiles frozen on celluloid; romantic poses pasted into a sticky album and boxed away for latter days…It was just a tiny, liquid drop of youthful expectation collected in a bucket yet it promised the biggest prize. Of all those constrained in my little sea, on that cornerstone I fashioned my house knowing that, one day, I could look back and see it still shining like a beacon Continue reading

WRITING CRAFT: DANGER IN THE DARK by Rayne Hall


Does your story have a scene of danger or horror? Is it scary enough? Do you want your readers to fear for your main character’s safety? Here’s a simple technique on how to make a scene seriously frightening:

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


Note to blogger: Check that the URLs are still live. Pages and YouTube videos often get deleted or withdrawn. You may want to embed the videos.

 

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

Writing Craft CUT THE ‘SAID’, SHE SAID by Rayne Hall


Dialogue tags (he said, she asked, he replied) can help the reader understand who’s talking. But when it’s clear who’s talking, you can cut the tag.  This makes your writing tighter and the pacing faster.

 

If the speaker is doing something, the action is enough to attribute the dialogue. Simply put Continue reading

Writing Craft: TONE YOUR WRITING STYLE: CUT “BEGIN” AND “START” by Rayne Hall


Does your writing style have fat instead of muscle? By leaving out certain words, you can tighten and tone your manuscript.

 

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

 

Here are two notorious phrases: “begin to” and “start to.” They contain empty calories 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

The December 2013 Christmas Challenge Winner


Congratulations to Vanessa Wright for winning the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!!!! 

She is a 47 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of her Afrikaans short

Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright

stories have recently been published in My kort vir jou sop available on www.amazon.com as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. She has taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and 2013 and reached the target on day 26. She has also published a collection of short stories on Smashwords, titled Twisted. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361196. She has her own blog at http://iread1966.wordpress.com, appropriately named Humouring the dark where the muse has captured many readers’ attention and a book about the character is in the offing. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter and is a member of a writing group. She leads her own book club and is a true bookaholic. Writing has always been her passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, she has decided to go big or go home.

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Vanessa’s Winning Entry

Sweat was running down his back in rivulets and pooled in his underwear. Christmas in the Southern hemisphere at an awesome 37 degrees, dressed in a red velvet suit, white beard, tasselled hat and black boots. He surveyed the manically shopping populace from his fake golden throne.  The true spirit of Christmas was painted on their faces in garish colours as they rushed to and fro. Santa Claus was his name and boosting sales hisgame.

According to myth the Claus was a fat, white man supposedly living in the North Pole, hence the dress code.  He commanded elves, reindeer and an ever pudgier Mrs Claus. In direct contrast Bongani Shabangu was ebony black, single, lived in a sweltering South Continue reading

WRITING CRAFT: HOW TO GIVE YOUR NOVEL A GREAT CLIMAX by Rayne Hall


Almost every novel has a climax near the end of the book. This is when all the plot strands come together and the heroine (or hero) faces her greatest challenge. The tension is so high that the reader perches on the edge of her seat, unable to tear herself away from the story’s action. Continue reading

Joseph Imperi–Winner of Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge


Congratulations Joseph Imperi !!!!!! You are the winner of the Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge. joseph imperi

You have won your choice of prizes in which we will discuss in private, along with a painting by A. Joleigh.

 

To find out more about Joseph Imperi, please visit Meet the Winners!!

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To learn more about our upcoming Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge, click here.

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

WRITING CRAFT: CRUEL CLAWS by Rayne Hall


To increase suspense in a scene where a dangerous person is about to do something nasty, slow down the pace and describe their hands.  This is perfect for when the evil overlord signs the order to exterminate the children, or when the torturer readies his instruments.

Are the hands bronzed or pale, wrinkled or smooth? Are the fingers long or stubby, bony or Continue reading

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

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

Finding the Best Word for the Job by Rayne Hall (writing tips)


Specific words make a story vivid because they paint a clear picture for the reader.

“A woman with a dog” creates only a vague picture. By replacing “woman” and “dog” with specific  words you can bring your story alive: 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

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

AFTER 2,000 YEARS: Memories and Reflections on Christmas by Michael Grace


­­­­­­My date of birth roughly coincides with the Advent season. But I neither remember my first birthday, which I am told was quite grand, nor my first Christmas. What I do remember is that in my early years, Christmas meant the following

Over the Years

Firstly, there was the setting up of the Christmas tree. I was never good at it, and mostly it was my father and brothers who unwound, raised, and decorated it. This was accompanied by Christmas songs (Boney M, Charlotte Church, and Josh Groban etc.), Continue reading

A Desiccated Christmas by Vanessa Wright


Sweat was running down his back in rivulets and pooled in his underwear. Christmas in the Southern hemisphere at an awesome 37 degrees, dressed in a red velvet suit, white beard, tasselled hat and black boots. He surveyed the manically shopping populace from his fake golden throne.  The true spirit of Christmas was painted on their faces in garish colours as they rushed to and fro. Santa Claus was his name and boosting sales his Continue reading