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Oh, this is going to be fun! A couple of months ago I wrote ‘The (Not So) Definitive Guide to Romance Novels’ for Reader’s Carnival . It got me to thinking (I know, a dangerous thing): What is the difference between a romance novel, erotica and...

Hello, fellow quill-bearers! For your mind-bending pleasure, here is another open-ended dilly of a question: We’re often told that to be great writers, we must read voraciously. Does the same hold true for television and film? Are there different writing lessons to be learned from watching...

Grok walked into the cave, tired and hungry. Today’s hunt bore little bounty and dusk quickly advanced into night. A solitary rabbit for his tribe would keep them alive one more day through this long winter. Grok grinned despite their tenuous state; he’d spied a...

Last week, I posed the following to my fellow writers: I do most of my creative writing soaking in a hot bath with my head immersed and my editing listening to metal dubstep trance. What are other people’s writing rituals? What gets you in...

Way back in January of 2013, I made a promise to myself to pick up my quill and start writing creatively again. In high school and university, I took to crafting stories, poems and plays with gusto, but had no intention of pursuit past leisurely escape....

Writers, like many artisans, love to talk about the tools and techniques of their trade. Honing and tweaking their systems becomes a near-obsession in itself. I asked a number of writers their opinions on what they use and received no shortage of information. The tools used roughly...

I’ve always been a fan of dystopian fiction. I remember one of my first experiences was with John Wyndham’s ‘The Chyrsalids’. From that point on, I was hooked. I’m also a fan of young adult fiction. Some of the most inventive genre-bending plots and characters...

Here’s a wide open topic: Do you choose a character’s name because it just sounds right or does it have to have meaning? Is a strongman named Sampson and a betrayer named Cain? Do you grab the nearest baby-names book, put on a blindfold and stabby-stab with your...

Let’s start with a serviceable definition of plot: A plot is the event or events that are used to insure that you get your story and characters from point A to point Z. In the sense that all stories move a character along a journey,...

So, you’ve lovingly tapped out ‘The End’ at the bottom of your masterpiece. Huffing a breath of relief that you’ve done it: your word baby is born and you want to release it to the world. Pass out the cigars. Post it to Writer’s Carnival for...

Part of the self-editing process (you do self-edit, right?) is to clean-up passive voice, needless adverbs and filler words. This is typically done in a pass that doesn’t pass any judgement on the content itself. It’s a mechanical exercise. So, why not use the awesome power...

Some of the best memories of my grandfather are of Robert W. Service. Gramp would, at every opportunity, recite from memory any number of poems. We’d goad him to keep going, verse after verse, sometimes for hours. With the cadence and ease of a master...