Word Echoes – what they are and why you need to get them out of your story

Sydney knelt at the edge of the stream, rubbing her fingers to get the dead girl’s blood off. The water was colder than she expected, almost icy. Winter was coming fast this year. Lifting her hands to her face, she inspected her short nails. No mud remained visible under them. Next to her, Bonnie stoodContinue reading “Word Echoes – what they are and why you need to get them out of your story”

Which Is Scarier?

A. Sydney knelt at the edge of the stream, rubbing the blood off her hands. OR B. Sydney knelt at the edge of the stream, rubbing the dead girl’s blood off her hands. B, right? Yeah. Lots of subtle changes in word choice can amp up the scary in a horror story. If you haveContinue reading “Which Is Scarier?”

Convicted Felon Wid Bastian Steals From Authors Then Calls His Victims Cowards

Some bozos never learn.   On July 20, 2020, con artist and convicted felon Wid Bastian crawled out from under his rock to appear on a podcast – I won’t name it here because it got a whopping 45 views since airing – in which the recently bankrupt thief attempted to say he was aContinue reading “Convicted Felon Wid Bastian Steals From Authors Then Calls His Victims Cowards”

How To Write A Short Story – a video tutorial

What do you include when you write a short story? What does it mean to show and not tell? How much setting is appropriate, or description? These and other writing tips are here in this 53 minute video that is a must see for anyone who wants to write or write better, presented by USAContinue reading “How To Write A Short Story – a video tutorial”

A Little Help, Please

I write in several genres – and at times, that’s hurting my marketing and my Amazon author page… so I thought I might change things up. Several authors I’ve seen use a slight variance on their name when they write in a second genre. I never did this because i wanted all the eyeballs headedContinue reading “A Little Help, Please”

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