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Waiting for Inspiration

by Darlene Cah I’ve heard it said that writers can’t wait for inspiration. We have to start writing even without that grand idea, the magical spark that spurs us forward into that time-suspended state of mind where words spew onto our computer screens, seemingly on their own. While those brilliant moments happen (and what gifts […]

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Great Expectations: Going to a Writing Conference

By Darlene Cah In a few days, I’ll be heading to the Hub City Writing in Place Writers’ Conference. The workshop, started by Betsy Teter and The Hub City Writing Project in Spartanburg, is in its 14th year. I’m on my ninth. The weekend event takes place on the lovely campus of Wofford College (for […]

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A Short Guide to Guidelines

By Darlene Cah You finished your story. That in itself warrants a celebration, so take a minute to congratulate yourself, because the nitty-gritty work is about to begin. You workshop it. Revise it. Workshop it. Revise. Breathe. Revise. Pull your hair out. Revise. Eat bags of Hershey’s Kisses. Revise. Finally, your story is ready to […]

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5Writers Group Story Writing Experience: What We Learned Working from a Writing Prompt

5Writers Group Story Writing Experience: What We Learned Working from a Writing Prompt Brad: I have often waited for inspiration to strike, relying on this phenomena to generate story ideas. Once in a while, however, I have to remind myself that you can goose the system if you prod it properly. For me, this means […]

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5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah

5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah. Need to catch up? Read Part One and Part Two  Experts say serial arsonists hang around to watch their masterpieces of smoke and fire, the flames lapping at wood, bubbling, blistering vinyl, reducing paper to black flakes in seconds. They get a thrill, a rush. Gavin […]

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Generating Story and Character Ideas from Writing Prompts: The 5Writers’ Group Story

Generating Story and Character Ideas from Writing Prompts: The 5Writers’ Group Story Where do story and character ideas come from? The oldest and most clichéd piece of writing advice is to write what you know. But writing what you know doesn’t always have to mean write about things that happened to you or about the […]

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More than a Twist Ending

by Darlene Cah I had to read “The Lottery” in one of my high school English classes. At the time, I was more interested in dragging paint across a silk screen with a squeegee than thinking about the deep meaning of stories. Not that I wasn’t interested in English. I loved it. It was easy […]

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Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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Unamused by the Muse

by Darlene Cah WRITER sits at a computer typing in a cluttered office. A single desk lamp illuminates the mess of books, papers, dirty dinner dishes, soda cans, etc. VOICE Hey! How about that story about the woman and the Flamenco guitar player?  (Writer shifts weight)  VOICE I think it has legs. (Writer hits keys […]

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What’s your Excuse?

by Darlene Cah Being a creative type, I’m never at a loss for excuses. I can sit at my computer, ready to write, and suddenly, I’ll remember the cats need their nails trimmed. That’s the kind of year I had, though, some of my excuses were legitimate and considerably less entertaining than weeding my driveway. […]

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