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“Be grateful for another day. Not everybody made it, so don’t take it for granted.” It was on a bright, humid day in the stunningly beautiful city of Naples, Florida, that I made my first kill. Looking back, I have only regret, shame, and the haunting memories that still stick with me. The sun was … Continue reading 2017 WC – 2nd Place: Madison Edwards
In the kingdom we call Attic, A treasure chest, veiled in dust, Conceals the riches of a dreamer, The visions of a queen. A mirror, framed in solid gold, Entrusts to us an image sweet, Of full cheeks tinted pink as posies And eyes as dazzling as the seas. Fabric cascades in gentle waves, A … Continue reading 2017 WC – 1st Place: Adryanna O’Keefe
How does one read a book the right way? Are there certain practices and behaviors that are often disrespectful of a book or the author? I would say yes. This is all in a half-joking manner, but there are truly some things that I think we should remember when reading a book. Judge Every Book … Continue reading Book Etiquette: Reading the Right Way
As a writer and weaver of stories, one of my favorite things to do is create characters. I love writing characters more than writing their dialogue, explaining a world, or even creating a plot. Building a character makes you feel like you're making a whole new person. Often, when you've finished, it's hard to believe … Continue reading Creating a Main Character for Your Novel
As a writer of fantasy, one must learn to understand how magic works and the different theories of its use. If you let the characters in your book or short story run around inventing magic out of thin air, their power will be completely boundless and it will become incredibly unrealistic, because, as we all … Continue reading Magic Theory
Note: It took me about a month to realize I wrote two blog posts with the same name and (pretty much) the same content. They even begin with the same sentence! So, I'm adding "continued" to this title because it came second, and I'm leaving them both up because they do say a few unique … Continue reading How to Write Your First Novel (Continued!)
This year, I decided to create a writing contest. I feel it's important to give growing writers a chance to submit their pieces to safe critique. Instead of keeping their writing to themselves so as to avoid harsh criticism, something like this can give them a chance to share their work and see how it … Continue reading How to Win the Writing Contest