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How to Write a Novel With a Full Time Job

Do you have a novel idea that’s been brewing in the back of your mind for forever? Think you have what it takes to be the next best American writer? That’s fantastic! How do you write a novel with a full time job, though? Writing a novel takes a lot of time and energy and if you’re working hard to...

The First of the Mermaids: Part IV

Leara watched as Nim’s body burned down into ashes. She still couldn’t believe her beautiful sister was dead. She was so angry at the Nazhu, but she was also angry at the people of Merdoc. If they had been different, if they hadn’t always been so set on fighting and angry words, there never would have been a problem. “We...

Love, Simon: Rom-Com Coming of Age Tale

So, the other night, I was bored. I couldn’t find a good book to read. I didn’t feel like working on one of my many projects. So I did something pretty rare for me. I decided to find a new movie to watch. I have to admit, I didn’t expect to find anything good. I’m pretty picky when it comes...

Writer’s Cycle: The Good, The Bad, and The Terrible

Every aspiring author has a writer’s cycle they go through. It can vary from person to person, but it boils down to essentially the same thing. We write, we think it’s great, we realize it’s not, and we feel terrible. Rinse and repeat. Today, we’re going to break down the writer’s cycle to it’s fundamental core components and challenge each...

The Rise of Richard Sullivan: Chapter II

Five years later, Richard Sullivan stood next to a ship, his few belongings clutched in a carrying case in his left hand.  Lee Sanders stood next to him. They were too old now for tears, but it didn’t stop either of their eyes from twinkling with suppressed grief. “I don’t want you to leave,” Lee said.  “You’re like my brother,...

Fantasy World Building: A How to Guide

Fantasy world building can be a fun adventure for old and new writers alike. However, it can also seem like a daunting project. The scope alone can seem intimidating and a lot of people don’t know where to begin.  They might lose motivation when they start their book and realize how much work goes into creating an entirely new world. ...

The End of a War – Hero, Part I

The wagons were loaded down with supplies, loot, and injured soldiers. On occasion, one would get stuck in the mud, and the troops would have to stop and dig the wheel out. When the war had first started, this had been cause for a lot of sore attitudes, but the war was over, and the soldiers were glad to be...