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Bruce Davis and Sharon Skinner kick off their own edition of the Brick Cave Podcast with some great talk about their current project lineup, fashion of the 19th Century, COVID, the current Brick Cave Kickstarter and other rabbit holes. They also talk about the #PublishingPaidMe hash tag and movement ...
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Setting: Emotional Depth Through Character Perspective
Kira, Vaith and Kelmir. Characters in setting.When writing, I start from character, not simply because I think it’s a great place to start—although, for me, it’s mostly character engagement that keeps me reading (or writing) a book or story—but more so because that’s just the way my brain ...
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Flash Fiction: Red Scarf
This week's blog post is a bit of Flash Fiction that was inspired by a writing prompt about a lost red scarf. I did this entirely as dialogue and sound, which was an interesting exercise. The Red Scarf     “Dammit!"     "What's wrong now, Mother?"     "My scarf. The red one. It’s miss ...
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Things I Learned Writing The Matriarch’s Devise
As with every new book or writing project, there are a lot of things I learned writing The Matriarch's Devise. However, one of the key things I grew to understand on a deeper level is how much trust it takes to bring a story to life and send it out into the world. Here are five things I learned abo ...
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Writing Fiction and Making the Words Disappear
It may seem counterintuitive, since we work so hard at choosing just the right words when writing fiction, but one of my main goals during the editing phase is to make the words disappear on the page. I do this in such a way that the reader will forget she is reading, instead “seeing” the actio ...
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Sensory Details Can Bring Your Story to Life
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it's raining, but the feel of being rained upon.” –E. L. DoctorowHumans use five main senses, which are our key physiological capacities for data perception. However, in most early writing, there is a tendency to f ...
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