Help Pick Bad Writer’s Best Tweet

Some of you have met my alter-ego on Twitter, Bad Writer. She spends her days dishing out ill-advised writing tips and telling anecdotes about writing that come from her probably missing her calling. That tweet is her current pinned tweet, the one that stays at the top of her timeline. Tweeps pin tweets so thoughtful…

Are There Really 115 Synonyms for Walk?

Today, Dan shared this post from Writer’s Write, the entirety of which was this image. It’s a list of 115 ways to say “walk.” I’m all for synonyms and lists of synonyms. Especially for my crutch words (variations of look, for example), sign me the frick up for synonym lists. My characters can only do…

What If The “Yes” Never Comes?

I stumbled across this image in my phone. Apparently I decided to save it at some point. I think past me knew that present me would need to read this right about now. I recently started querying agents with my completed middle-grade novel, hoping to one day join the ranks of published hybrid authors. I’ve…

Should Writers Cater to Readers?

When we fiction writers put pen to paper or finger to keyboard or, I dunno, bloody toothpick to cocktail napkin, we are likely writing a story that 1. We enjoy in our heads enough to write it into reality, and 2. We hope others will enjoy as well. Lifelong readers have come to expect certain…

Flash Fiction: Glitterbeard

Before I share my response to Chari’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, I need to share something else. Anthony Bourdain is in the news this morning. A man who was so full of life couldn’t live with the shroud of depression any longer and took his own life. And while I wasn’t a…

Flash Fiction: The New World

With all the A-Z challenge posts in April, I’ve been feeling the short story itch. And when I got an idea for a response to Chuck Wendig’s prompt this week, I decided to scratch it. Our task: write about real estate. Don’t worry. It’s not as boring as it sounds. At least I hope not.…