A Halloween visit with Mr. Poe

We think the modern day style of writing is just that – modern. Grabbing a reader right away and moving quickly to the action. It is not new at all. Over 100 years ago, Edgar Allen Poe created some of the basic rules for powerful short story writing.  “First the artist must decide, of allContinue reading “A Halloween visit with Mr. Poe”

I want to tell you about two things that happened recently.

I want to tell you about two things that happened recently.     First, I was on Facebook and I saw one of my author friends talking about how well one of her friend’s books was doing. It was not 100% humor related but my friend has a terrific sense of humor and she wasContinue reading “I want to tell you about two things that happened recently.”

Which Is The Better Opening Line – And WHY?

Every drum was silent as the noose slipped over his head and tightened around his neck. Every drum was silent as the noose slipped over his head. Every drum was silent as the noose tightened around his neck. Which is the better opening line – first? Second? Third? NONE?   And why is it better?Continue reading “Which Is The Better Opening Line – And WHY?”