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Resources, Creative Writing for Beginners and Fun Stuff for Fiction Writers

Story Starter – Sundown

Hey Writer!

This is an actual story starter. Simply take what’s here and finish the story. Remember, you can change the names or any elements you like to make the story uniquely yours. The purpose of a story starter is to get you writing by finishing something that already has an opening. Continue reading

Bad Reviews – Expect Them – Welcome Them!

Bad Reviews? Yep, you’re going to get them!

One of the hardest things about being a writer is reading bad reviews about your books. I suggest you don’t do it. But, you should expect them. Reviewers are people and we all have our opinions.

Below are some one star reviews from 3 of the most well-known, best-selling authors in the business. If they get them, how can you expect not to get them? Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Genre

If you’re new to fiction writing, you may be having a hard time deciding which genre you should write in. The good news is, you don’t have to stick to one genre, but it is best if you establish yourself in one before publishing in others. If you do decide to go with multiple genres, you will want to consider using pen names. You wouldn’t want your romance audience to be subjected to your work if you also write thrillers or horror.

So, how do you decide?

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Descriptive Writing Exercise – Sound/Hearing

In this section we’re going to cover sound. The actual sense is hearing, but it takes sound, or something making noise, for us to hear.


Sounds can be hard to convey in writing. We all know something can hit the floor with a thud or a squeaky hinge can make a screeching sound. But what else is there?  Continue reading

Creative Writing Exercise – Alien Checkers

You’re abducted by aliens, but instead of poking and prodding you, they merely want to play a game of checkers.

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