Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire

More completely random fiction that could possibly be expanded upon if I decide to do so. Sonez Perray’s champagne colored hair fell loose from behind her ear, swinging into her view. She combed it back with her fingers, lifting her eyes from her tablet’s screen. The bar was more crowded now than when she’d arrived … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Mercenaries for Hire

Figaro Up, Figaro Down

Heavy boots stamped the rain soaked sidewalk and Figaro dodged into an alley. Wet rats scattered from his path as he made his way, hands lodged deep in his jean pockets. His thumb moved back and forth across the cuts of his apartment key. That’s where he should have stayed tonight, he thought. In his … Continue reading Figaro Up, Figaro Down

8 Writing Habits of Amateurs

If I wanted to write this blog in the style of a shitty tenth grade academic essay, it might go a little something like this: The topic I am writing about is amateur writing habits. I think that you should state the purpose of your paper clearly from the beginning, or you will look unprofessional. … Continue reading 8 Writing Habits of Amateurs

Writing the Opposite Sex

I want to make clear my opinion before I get into the meat of this post: I almost always write about the opposite sex. (So, men.) I don’t know why. I’d just rather. So obviously, I think you should write about who-the-fuck-ever you want. You’ll run into plenty of people who think otherwise. In my … Continue reading Writing the Opposite Sex

Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

Happy Saturday! I have a "flash fiction" in the works, but not a "real" post for today. So, I thought I'd link to a few of my favorite posts from this week posted by others. If this is improper etiquette or if you would like your post unlinked, please let me know. I'm new to this. … Continue reading Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

I wrote this post a short while back about how I like to revise my writing, which is accurate but unhelpful. This time around I have actual advice. Step One: Break Down the Workload Give yourself about 1,000 words to revise per "session." It may sound unproductive, but trust me on this one: the fewer words you edit … Continue reading 4 Steps for Quick & Easy Revision

Flash Fiction: Figaro’s First Bar Fight

A pantsed bout of fiction. Let me know your thoughts. Anything short of a novel makes me uncomfortable to write, so I appreciate pointers. One too many times the drunk man’s tepid breath rushed across Figaro’s ear. He spun his barstool halfway around, searching the greasy face before speaking. “Hey,” he said, but the stranger ignored … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Figaro’s First Bar Fight

Hygge and Your Writing

You've probably heard of the hygge craze. But, just in case you haven't, hygge (hue-gah) is a Danish word with no exact translation in English, but basically means cozy. It refers to a sort of aesthetic, and can be complex. The Danish have it down to a seemingly innate science.  Hygge is warm (and often … Continue reading Hygge and Your Writing

A Quick Guide to Avoid Head Hopping

Head Hopping: What not to do. "It's spelt grey," said Bertha, slamming her fist down on the restaurant table. "G-R-E-Y." How was Barnaby dense enough to believe otherwise? Barnaby looked into Bertha's beady, unintelligent eyes and seethed. "No, it's spelled gray. G-R-A-Y." He felt ready to up and leave her sitting there at the diner. Close-Third … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Avoid Head Hopping

Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)

You've just written a bangin' chapter for your novel. You've looked over it for typos and grammatical errors. You even waited, sleeping on it before reading again in the morning. Everything seems to be in order, so you put yourself out there. And putting yourself out there feels a lot like walking naked into a … Continue reading Handling a Bad Critique (Without Becoming Homicidal)