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Using Double Meanings To Foreshadow Plot Twists In Comics and Stories

by Pekoeblaze   Well, although this is a quick article about foreshadowing plot twists in comics, stories etc… I’ll have to start by using a TV show as an example. As such, this article may contain some mild SPOILERS for the first season of “Game Of Thrones”. Likewise, I’ll also be describing a slightly disturbing scene from the show […]

Using Double Meanings To Foreshadow Plot Twists In Comics and Stories


Rent – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Having missed his flight home for the holidays and learning that all other flights were booked, he decided he would just have to rent a car. But when he got to the car rental area of the airport, he found that the last car had just been rented out. As he pleaded desperately with the attendant for help, a pretty young lady who was just leaving overhead him and stepped up to offer to share her rental car with him.

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How To Look Like A Writer In A Coffee Shop #AmWriting

Ever fancied stepping inside the shoes of a writer for a few hours? Well, I have just the blog post for you. Writers are drawn to coffee shops so this is the perfect location to give the general public the impression that you are a writer.

Here are some useful tips on achieving that all important I am a writer look. It’s very bang on trend.

  1. Look the writer part. Two options; first – comfy clothes, wild hair (not seen a brush since you started editing), a bleary eyed stare, pale skin and muttering stuff about the pain of deadlines. Alternatively, turn to tweed – the universal uniform of writers. Deck yourself out in head-to-toe tweed (just like the 80’s author photos you used to gaze longingly at when you were a child and spent every waking hour at the library) and go write that bestseller.
  2. Your coffee order is…

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Why Writers Are Readers (Or Should Be!)

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I once asked my dad why he taught me how to read when I was only a bit older than 3 1/2 years. His answer was: “Because you wanted me to.” I laughed and told him: “I don’t remember I was able to talk back then, how would you know? And he replied:” When I was reading, you often climbed on my lap and wanted to see what held my attention. And I understood you well enough.”

By the time I was four years old, I could read fluently (which threw my kindergarten teacher entirely off balance – but that’s a story for another time).

My father helped me understand my early fascination with the written word. I was never a great artist in drawing and painting, but I found out I could show a scene – any scene, simply by using words.

Of course, being…

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Hero’s Journey Examples From Beloved Stories – by Gloria Russell…

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on The Book Designer:

Ah, the hero’s journey. It’s a tried-and-true storytelling structure that makes up the bones of our favorite movies, books, and TV shows. You may not even know it, but most of your favorite stories probably follow the hero’s journey.

If you’re an author, you’re probably also familiar with using the hero’s journey to outline. A solid outline can really make or break a draft, and the hero’s journey can be as detailed or flexible as you need for your story.

But let’s slow down. What is the hero’s journey? And how can we learn to identify it in the stories we watch? Learning how the hero’s journey works is the first step in learning how to use it yourself, so let’s break down what the hero’s journey is and walk through a few examples of how it works in practice.

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How to Write Point of View, Part 3, Second Person

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Hi SErs! Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about how to write Point of View (POV) in the Second Person perspective.

Remember in the last POV post, I said that First Person is almost as up close as you can get? Well, Second Person IS as up close and personal as your writing gets.

What is Second Person POV?

This perspective uses the pronoun ‘You’. This sort of narrative immerses the reader in the experience of being the protagonist. Second Person voice is different from simply addressing your reader. Rather, it puts them squarely in the middle of the action. They become the actor rather than the reader. The events in the story happen to YOU as you read. Below is an example of Second Person POV …

By the time you get home, your husband will be dead. It’s hard…

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Write About Pets: 19 Friendly Markets That Pay Up to $600 – by The Editor…

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on Make a Living Writing:

Want to get paid to write about pets?

If you’re a writer who loves pets, consider combining your passions and becoming a pet-care writer.

If you want to write about pets, there’s some good news: the pet industry is enormous. In North America alone, it’s currently worth over $225 billion, and many pet care businesses and publications need freelancers who can write about pets.

The majority of the market consists of non-veterinary-related products and services, meaning that there are lots of opportunities to write about pets within the niche regardless of your educational background.

This list features 19 markets that pay freelancers to write about pets and cover topics about animals and pet care. It includes publications that focus on all kinds of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, birds, and even reptiles.

TIP: Before you pitch any of these markets, make sure you carefully…

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Describing a Character’s Emotions: Problems and Solutions – by Angela Ackerman…

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on Writers Helping Writers:

Characters are the heart of a story, but what really draws readers in is their emotions. Only…showing them isn’t always easy, is it?

Like us in the real world, characters will struggle. Life is never all cherries and diamonds; in fact, it’s our writerly job to make sure reality fish-slaps our characters with painful life lessons! Big or small, these psychologically difficult moments will cause them to retreat and protect themselves emotionally, believing if they do so, it will prevent them from feeling exposed and hurt in the future.

And while we know “shielding” behavior is psychologically sound (we do it, too) and it means our characters will try to hide it when they feel vulnerable, this causes a real problem at the keyboard end of things. Why? Because no matter how hard a character is trying to hide or hold back their emotions, we writers…

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Happy National Dog Day

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And of course, a photo of my angel Cinnamon for National Dog Day:

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Quiet – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

The night was still and quiet, but her mind wasn’t. The clacking of the keys on the keyboard sounded loud in the quiet room as she sat at the computer and typed furiously, trying to get the multitude of ideas that danced in her head out so she could at last go to bed.

This day-late post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “quiet”: