Posts Tagged fiction

Blame it on Black Beauty

By Darlene Cah Sometime in third grade at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Brooklyn, Miss Demik changed the life of a fat kid from the projects. Yeah, that would be me. The young teacher brought in a copy of Black Beauty, and read one chapter every day to the class. It was like […]

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Writing for a Living

by Darlene Cah My “art” has changed a few times over the years, from visual art to music to improv theater. Through all these creative endeavors, I had a day job—as a writer. Go figure! I started out in traditional advertising as a copywriter, bounced over to publishing, then to interactive advertising, and now television […]

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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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Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser

Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser I’ve become ensnared in World Cup soccer. Like most people I know here in Philly, I don’t have a particular interest in soccer normally and, to be honest, most of the games I have watched look nothing more than a bunch of guys running around on […]

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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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The Upstart Path: 10 Questions for Fin Press’s Jacob Arnold

by Ron Hayes Jacob Arnold is a poet and a writing teacher living with his young family in Denton, Texas. About a year ago, Jake melded his passion for teaching with his passion for writing and lo, a Press was born. Partnering with his father-in-law Ron, and with his wife Cassie as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Jake […]

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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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The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser

The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser Like most schools, Calvert Street Elementary had a Spring fundraiser, which asked students to sell chocolate candy bars for a dollar apiece. The catch: you compelled people to commit to buy, collected money, submitted the cash to the school, and then you delivered the candy the next day. […]

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5 Writers Group Story– Part Five by Ron Hayes

Epilogue The days of Alastor the Vengeful befell the Earth with the failings of The Siblings. Gavin the Corrupted, blinded by jealousy, ignorant of his station, succumbed to the basest of human needs, the strongest of human frailties. Gavin sought vengeance against his sister, Rachel, the Key and Lock. Knowingly he brought flame and ash […]

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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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