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Poetry in Prose

Prose is the go-to method when writing fiction. It is basic text without regard to any structure or the sound of words. It is clear, straight-forward, easy to understand, and is often the best method of delivering a story. But, utilizing poetic devices and techniques can enhance your story, make it more effective, and add a pleasurable element to your writing.

Dante Alighieri

The Sound

The written word is…

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In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill

In the Tall Grass

During a cross-country trip, siblings Cal and Becky Demuth stop to investigate the sounds of a child calling for help from the surrounding field of grass.

What follows is tense, exciting, and mysterious as the siblings become separated, lost, and disoriented, not knowing where the child is or how to make it back to the rest stop they parked at. In the field of grass, they…

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A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

A UNIQUE MIX

Weaving together horror and a detective story, Neil Gaiman crafts a unique and inventive short-story using his customary charming voice. Specifically, A Study in Emerald combines the worlds of Sherlock Holmes with the Cthulhu mythos.

a study in emerald

I expect almost everyone is familiar with Sherlock Holmes, but for those not familiar with the Cthulhu mythos, it comes from writer H. P. Lovecraft,…

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Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children

Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children

The key to getting children interested in reading is to keep them entertained and a great way of doing this is through humour. Some of the finest writers of children’s books have used humour to get their readers interested and everything from silly storylines to funny facts can be perfect to get a reader interested.

Books for children cover a wide number of areas and genres and we’ve picked out…

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Agostino Scafidi & Esoteric Fiction

Agostino Scafidi & Esoteric Fiction

We’ve been patiently waiting in line for years now! It’s been way too long since anyone has given us the go ahead to feel some relief and it’s high time we get our turn!
-The Invisible Papers  The Invisible Papers by Agostino Scafidi

This is my second eBook. It’s what I call Esoteric Fiction. What makes it esoteric you might ask? Well, I have always had an interest in the topic of spirituality but there was a time when I was…

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ConCarolinas

ConCarolinas Copyright 2010 Ed Beard, Jr.

Art for ConCarolinas, Copyright 2010 Ed Beard, Jr.

ConCarolinas was this past weekend (May 30 – June 1). It is a convention of all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and related genres from the worlds of writing, comics, art, gaming, costuming, film, and music. Really, it features just about anything fun, geeky, and pop-culture related.

hotel

The venue, a Hilton Hotel in Charlotte, NC, had a…

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N0S4A2

Recommended Read: N0S4A2 by Joe Hill (2013)

Creative

If you were a “creative,” what do you think would be your ability? In N0S4A2, a creative is someone who can use a talisman to pull the world of thought actually into the physical world. In the case of our protagonist, Victoria “Vic” McQueen, her talisman is a bicycle that she uses to summon and cross a bridge that allows her to reach anything…

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The Ruins

This is the kind of story I love reading. Unique, mysterious, engrossing, and unsettling. And it all starts so innocently with a group of friends living it up while on vacation in Mexico. From there, they meet another tourist who invites them to go see some off-the-beaten-path ruins. I do love these exciting and fun openings that lead into a grim and dire predicament. The contrast makes for a…

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Why Your Book Deserves An Awesome Book Cover Design

Why Your Book Deserves An Awesome Book Cover Design

Book cover designs many believe are fundamental to the success of books! While undoubtedly content is king, for people to be able to even access that content, they need to first pick up a book! Expert book cover designers, adept at the art and science of book cover design, know just what design elements to add, to make a book cover eye-catching! They pay attention to every detail, from the visual…

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DISCOVERY WRITING VS. OUTLINING

DISCOVERY WRITING VS. OUTLINING

How do you approach writing? How do you think your favorite author does? Do you just sit down and start typing without knowing which direction you are headed, or do you put in ample forethought, planning out the path you mean to later traverse? Are you a discovery writer or an outliner?

The Explorer

In discovery writing, you create the events of the story as you go. You allow the story to unfold…

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