Writing what you know?

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We are always told that we should write what we know. To an extent, that is true, but those who are writing murder mysteries, for example, are hardly likely to start poisoning/bludgeoning/shooting their nearest and dearest in the name of research. As a reader, though, you want to feel as though the writer really understands his subject, with the kind of expertise that seems so natural that it never shows.

Most of us, if we are honest, have experienced, even at the mildest level, the emotions that can, when taken to extreme and pathological levels, lead to such acts. Being human, we have every human emotion in our library of experience, even if some of them are gleaned through immersion in book or film, or experienced through dream. Even if we have to draw upon them and take them far beyond our own experience, we have a starting point in…

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Omniscient POV versus Head-Hopping

I’ve been struggling and juggling which POV to write in for two WIPs. I think I’ve finally decided to use Third Person Multiple for one of them definitely! 🙂

Myths of the Mirror


Today, I’m going a little techie for all the writers out there. This is another one of my “learn by failure” posts.

When we write, we strive for stories that will grip our readers. We want an emotional investment, and the best way to do that is to immerse our readers inside our character’s head, heart, and skin, the deeper the better. The reader sees, hears, smells, and experiences what the character does, up close and personal.

When I started writing, I was a point-of-view “head-hopper.” I wanted to share every character’s thoughts and feelings in every scene. My writer’s group rolled their eyes and eventually critiqued it out of me. I learned the hard way – by rewriting my entire book!

Head-hopping is a common glitch in early writing as authors learn the ropes. It’s often confused with a Third Person Omniscient Point of View. So, what’s the difference?

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Why All Modern Writing Dates Back to Ancient Kemet

Self-Love Literature

By Taylre Rene Malloy~Self-Love Literature Contributing Writer

The ancient Egyptians, along with many other early civilizations, knew the healing powers that creative writing generates and attribute all forms of modern written expression as a gift from the ancient Kemetic deity, Tehuti.

The Egyptians, more naturally known as the Kemites of ancient Nubia, classified writing as a sacred act, and thus it became important to document and communicate information about spirituality, government, and society within sacred texts.

As a result, many ancient societies invented written scripts that could be used to record information. The most famous of all ancient Egyptian scripts are hieroglyphics. Through the use of hieroglyphs, scribes were able to preserve the beliefs, history, and ideas of ancient Kemet across the temples, tomb walls, and papyrus scrolls. These papyrus scrolls were used as blueprints during the reconstruction of the dynasties, healing rituals, and mummification.

Also pulling from the knowledge…

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Common Mistakes in Short Story Writing – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

I’ve recently been on the editorial team for a short story anthology, not for the first time, and have been noticing some common mistakes that can trip up an otherwise good story. If you’ve been submitting to anthologies or thinking about doing so, please take note of some of the recurring pitfalls that can cause editors to reject your submission, or if working with a close-knit group, might cause diplomatic nightmares between editors and writers.

First of all, don’t try to shove too much into the beginning paragraphs of a short story. Detailed description of a character, a ‘laundry list’ of exactly what they’re wearing and a headcount of a group of characters to accompany the protagonist on a quest are all ways to lose a reader before the plot begins to unfold.

Keep in mind that you’re not writing a novel. Even in novel writing, shoehorning too much information…

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Coltan, War, and the Congo

Making History Matter

Written by:  Shawn Woods, (Public Affairs and Policy Management Student).

Nominated by:  Professors A. Diptee & D. Kinsey.

In an age where owning technology is not only normal but also necessary, the need for compact yet efficient, accessible yet low cost technology is, in a sense, indispensable. One material, in particular, has become foundational for manufacturing these final products. Columbite-tantalite, better known as coltan, has become the cornerstone of the digital age from which nearly all technology is built upon (Mantz, 2008, p. 48). Coltan is a mineral used as an electrical conductor and is vital for most electronic devices ranging from phones and computers to airplanes and military equipment. However, despite its role in technological advancement, the method in which coltan is produced has been critical to the perpetuation of war and state instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Montague, 2002, p. 104).

With the commencement of…

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Avatar is FernGully

Dickenrichards's Blog

Avatar (2009) is the highest grossing film to date taking in more than $2.75billion since its release in December 2009. In 1994 James Cameron came up with the idea of Avatar.

I have only recently seen Avatar and did as much as I could to avoid hearing even the plot of the story, the characters and even the cast. All that I heard was that the visuals were amazing and I even thought that was too much information. I never voiced my opinion either way that it was good or bad simply because I have never seen it. I also have never seen any of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy simply because I have never felt like watching them, not because I don’t like them.

*Spoiler Alert*

Avatar I felt was sub par at best. Nothing was original and the direction even annoyed me. The first few minutes I…

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Regarding Nina Simone’s Bad Reputation

Sumiko Saulson

mom black renaissance
How it pained me to see my mother
In all her grace and glory
Baited to make her angry
So she could fit into expectation
As long and lithe as Josephine Baker
As tall and muscular as Grace Jones
How you would fetish her anger
A proud black goddess magnificent
Black and magnificent was her nickname
Her bearing and conduct intimidatingly same
With a long black cape and a lovely choker
More gothic than any novel by Bram Stoker
Statuesque and dark skinned like Roxie Roker
She fought to stay whole and so no
Body broke her…
But her fight to stay whole had a price to it
A people saying she was not nice to it
Like Nina Simone, she stood moody, alone
Her mood having no artifice or device to it
My mother bemoaned her choice
A white man married two kids and…

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