Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser

Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser What your story will become is usually quite different than what you imagined it to be when you began typing. The beauty of being the person adding words to the page is that you get […]

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My Writing Assistants Wear Fur

By Darlene Cah Eight years ago, I stopped into Food Lion to pick up some salad, veggies, and a bag of Sun Chips. I went home with two feisty kittens, still blue-eyed balls of fuzz I could fit in the palms of my hands. They had wandered over, across two parking lots from a feral […]

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A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser

A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser When writing, I’ll explore any topic or idea that piques my interest. However, I typically avoid a child’s point of view—I prefer a narrator and a vantage point infused with more maturity than the average child is capable of—and I never […]

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Big Happenings in Spartanburg, SC: The 2015 Hub City Writing in Place Conference

By Darlene Cah I’ve been going to The Hub City Writing in Place workshop, held at Wofford College every July, for a good ten years. Honestly, I lost count after year five! But every year, I can guarantee, whether the instructor is well-known, like Wiley Cash, George Singleton or Tommy Hays, is a rising star, […]

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“Never Work With Children Or Animals”

by Linda Escalera Price I’m a huge fan of W.C. Fields’ quotes. And when the topic of “Writing with Pets” came up, the above quote was the first thing that popped into my head. I don’t have pets. It’s not that I don’t like animals, I grew up with pets. But think of me as the Aunt […]

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Adapting Writing Boundaries to the Fur Children

By Jennie Jarvis When I lived in Los Angeles, I had the best writing companion. Each afternoon, I would turn to my sweet dog Arnold and say “It’s time to go to work!” He wound bound up the stairs, leading me to the top floor office where I would install myself behind my writing desk […]

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Dog Days of Summer: Writing With Pets

by Ron Hayes It’s late. The house is dark and still. Down the hall from my office, where I sit with only a dim lamp and the harsh glow of my MacBook for light, my wife and son are shut behind their respective bedroom doors, fast asleep. I’ve been clicking away at these keys for […]

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Special Edition: Forgive and Get On With It: Getting Back Into Writing After A Long Break

By Jennie Jarvis Let’s face it: Sometimes, life throws us some curve balls that can affect our writing. It might be something as innocent as things getting busy at work, but it could also be something really stressful like a move or even the death of a loved one. I dealt with multiple curve balls […]

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Tracie Morell and Claudia Rankine: Better Than Beach Books

*Contributor’s Note: To all, my apologies. I allowed my emotions to get the better of me the other day and I dashed off something political–my Charleston post–in place of this one. Here is what was supposed to be my regularly-scheduled post for this month. Sorry again for the soapbox moment… by Ron Hayes Almost a lifetime ago […]

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Charleston. Seriously??

by Ron Hayes Today I’m supposed to tell you all about the poetry I’m reading and recommend to you what I think you would enjoy reading this summer. But I’m not going to do that. Not today. Today I only want you to read three things: One Two Three and then call this number: 803.734.2100. Ask for Nikki. […]

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