Explore your writing style, improve your writing

Writers alert: Take a quiz to find out how you can improve your writing. Reblogged from https://ptstephens.com

Wind Eggs

Many writers never take the time for self-reflection. They think about their work, but not their writing process. Consider Tarah Benner’s quiz as a starting point for reflection.

The entertainer Entertainers can be spontaneous and funny but may need coaching to craft concise, crisp prose. (Image courtesy of Tarah Benner)

I started writing seriously in college in the seventies. If I took this quiz then, I would have been a nonconformist. Fortunately, I took writing classes, journalism classes and participated in writing groups and conferences. I experimented with a number of recommendations and never blew criticism of my work off. Forty years later, my answers dot the questionnaire with As, Bs and Cs. (Even those answers depend on the project I’m undertaking.)

If you don’t use this survey as a moment to ask what you can do to improve your writing, you’re missing a wonderful opportunity. It’s not perfect, no quiz is…

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Flash Fiction: Progress-

Love this flash fiction story!. Probably most moms can identify with the love and frustration portrayed so well here. Reblogged from https://randomsbyrandom.wordpress.com

Randoms by a Random


Jeremy Abdul-Kareem Green!” A voice roared from across the parking lot, “you will not kill me before my time.”

The recipient of the intended threat, a young boy dressed in accordance with the impending storm expected to downpour any moment, stopped in his tracks. Jeremy had heard that same statement everyday of his life, he’d mastered a meek appearance with downcast eyes and pouted lips in response.

His mother sighed, then asked in a much lower voice, “what did you do this time?
He had made paper boats and sent them down the toilet.

And they sent you home for that?” She asked quizzically. Turns out, they weren’t just “a few” boats, which resulted in the clogging of the school drain.

Jeremy’s mother paused for a moment, then said, “9 days…The longest you’ve gone without getting into trouble so far,” Jeremy smiled.

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How to Get Hundreds of FREE Photos for your Blog

Finding free images/photos for your blog/website–check this out. Reblogged from https://secondwindleisure.com

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Hundreds of free photos await you!

For those of you who have followed me for years or just recently, you may know that I am an avid, hobby photographer.

Frustrated with “free” stock image photography sites that promise photos that need “no” attribution, I take all my own photos for my blog and websites. My phone and now, my new camera, go everywhere I go. I’m always looking for interesting photo ops!

Truth be told, I am leery of stock photo services offering free images. Recently, Margaret at Sticky Readers mentioned Unsplash, a site boasting free stock photos.

I decided to check it out and found this article from 12/16 on Snappa Blog, 21Amazing Sites with Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all…

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EDITING 101: 23 – Tenses…

This is great information for writers. No matter how good we are (or not) at grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc., it’s best to have a set of fresh eyes to look at what you’ve written to check for continuity and clarity of message. Find that help at the site mentioned on this blog. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy of Adirondack Editing


What are tenses? They are a term applied to a verb, which is an action word in writing. Merriam-Webster online states that in grammar, a tense is “a … form of a verb expressing a specific time distinction.”

When you look at the different tenses of a verb, you are said to be “conjugating” the verb. Big word, eh?

(HERE is a helpful site for conjugating any English verb) 

For an example, we’ll use the verb “to walk.” The differing tenses, or conjugations, of “to walk” are: walk, walks, walked, walking. You can also use “helper” verbs to indicate more tenses: am walking, is walking, have walked, had walked, will be walking, etc.

I walk” is present tense…

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Don’t make this mistake when writing a novel! This 10,000-word Writing Challenge can help

If you’re looking for a writing community with a coach and people who offer feedback and support, this is the place. If I think I can stick to a schedule I may even do this (again). Timothy Pike is one of favorite online coaches. Come on, take the challenge. You’ll be glad you did. Reblogged from https://whatinspiresyourwriting.wordpress.com

What Inspires Your Writing?

Have you dreamed of writing a novel? Or are you already writing it?

Either way, join us for the event that is going to jump start your life as a published author.

It’s the “10,000 & 10” Novel Writing Challenge, and it starts on March 1st.

Your mission: write 10,000 words in a month, and get 10 people to read it.

As long as you know 10 people, that will be the easy part—all they have to do is read what you’ve written. The real challenge will be writing 10,000 words…but I know you’re up for it!

Want feedback from your readers? You got it. Don’t? That’s okay too. Some writers want continual feedback while they work, others only after completing a first draft.

That’s the beauty of the Challenge: you can do it either way.

But no matter what, you’ll have 10 readers, and that’s…

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Guest Photographer and Storyteller: Cybele Moon – aka the Dune Mouse

Love these photos/paintings and the seemingly autobiographical, sometimes whimsical storyline. Reblogged from https://scvincent.com

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I stumbled across a site with an intriguing title, strange and magical stories, illustrated with the most fabulous photographs. Loving the atmospheric artistry, I invited the photographer over to be my guest…

An excerpt from the Dune Mouse Chronicles

Many years back Cybele moved to Vancouver Island with her parents where she lives to this day. Though the area is beautiful, she longed to escape into other realms and take on the persona of someone far more adventurous than the nervous and solitary mouse she perceived herself to be. Her parents had a small library and she began nibbling through Greek and Roman myths at a young age, along with Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde, before finally graduating to Shakespeare and The Voyage of the Beagle. Early on, in prepubescence, there was a diagnosis of depression and a severe anxiety disorder; the kind that turned simple germs into insidious…

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