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Belly Laugh Day and Other Unusual Holidays
There are an abundance of unusual holidays in January that we can use to add a touch of something different to our stories. In this article, I'll tell you about the unusual holidays from the twentieth day of January until the twenty-fourth day of January.
A Bamboo of Pandas
Group names of animals should fit the characteristics of the animal. If you don’t like the name given to a particular group of animals, then make up one of your own that fits the animal like a glove. Maybe the name you make up in your work of fiction will catch on.
A Bloat of Hippopotamuses
In this article, I share sixteen more group names for animals. From a bloat of hippopotamuses to a chain of bobolinks, allow them to open up your imagination. Try and use at least one of them in a story.
A Capella with Music to Accident Alert
An oxymoron is a figure of speech made up of words that usually have completely opposite meanings. As a writer, you can create a character who has a tendency to use oxymorons in his or her speech.
A Charm of Hummingbirds
From a charm of hummingbirds to a clattering of choughs, collective nouns of animals are fascinating. How was each group name decided on? Does the group name fit the habits and characteristics of the animal?
Try to incorporate each collective noun into a story you are writing.
A Cling of Koalas
Let your imagination run wild with the group names of the following animals.
A Congregation of Crocodiles
There are so many ways that one could use the collective nouns for animals in writing. I challenge you to pick at least one of the collective nouns below and work it into a story you are working on. Or you could come up with a new story, one that has the chosen collective noun at it center.
A Dazzle of Zebras
The collective nouns for animal groups are really interesting. See if you can find one below to use in your writing. Explore these group names of animals from a dazzle of zebras to a dule of doves.
A Farrow of Piglets
Is there a drove of pigs in your story? Do you have room for a farrow of piglets? Or maybe your story has been invaded by a sounder of wild boars.
A Flight of Dragons
When I think of a dragon, the first thing that pops into my head is this huge, winged reptile that has a crested head and enormous wings. This mythical creature also has the ability to spout fire at will.
A Hard Man is Good to Find - a Review
A Hard Man is Good to Find, written by James W. Lewis, is an erotic tale that starts out as a comedy, but morphs into a sweet, romance. The story is told through the eyes of Michelle, a single young woman looking for Mr. Right.
A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
Has your writing been invaded by a kaleidoscope of butterflies? It sounds as though it would be fun to be surrounded by these beautiful insects, but would it? Or perhaps an intrusion of cockroaches have forced their way in, and we all know they are just about impossible to kill.
A Menagerie of Dolls
A collective noun is a special noun that refers to a group of people, animals, or objects. For example, you could have a flock of birds or a pride of lions. You could also have an illusion of magicians or a crew of sailors. What about a group of dolls? What would one call them?
A Shower of Meteorologists
Has your book ever been rained upon by a shower of meteorologists? Or maybe a break of winds has blown away the pages of your manuscript that took you years to write.
Absolutely Certain to Advance Warning
A redundant expression is an expression where each word in the expression means basically the same thing.
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie´s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, introduced the Belgian detective with the famous mustaches, Hercule Poirot. The book was an immediate success. Hercule Poirot solved murders using his little grey cells for 36 more books .
Agatha Christie´s Miss Marple
Miss Marple, an elderly spinster living in St. Mary Mead, did not lead a normal life. Her nephew, Raymond West believes her life to be dull and boring because nothing ever happens in her quaint little village. "Even pond scum has a lot of life when put underneath a microscope," replies his aunt.
An Aerie of Eagles
Has your character encountered a leap of leopards? Maybe a bask of crocodiles would work better for you. There are special names attributed to groups of just about any animals. How could this be of use in writing?
An Earth of Foxes
I´m sure that everyone knows a group of cows is a herd. Did you realize that there are collective nouns for all of the other animals, too? Some of the names are descriptive and it is easy to understand why that particular group name Some of the collective nouns were created just for the animal.
An Illusion of Magicians
A fiction writer plays with reality by using words to create a story. A magician tricks people into seeing things that aren´t really happening by using illusion to create a false sense of reality. What would a group of magicians be called?
April Fool's Day
There have been some amazing hoaxes down through the years. Some of the most famous (and most unbelievable) are talked about below. Any of these could be used as a basis for a great fiction story for children or adults. Face it, these hoaxes were believed by adults too.
Awkward Moments Day & Other Inane Holidays
Will you be able to avoid being caught in any embarrassing situations on Awkward Moments Day? How much chocolate caramel will you allow yourself to indulge in on National Chocolate Caramel Day? Will you be abducted by an alien on Alien Abduction Day?
Backyard Picture Writing Prompts
What do you see when you look at a picture of a backyard? Do you just see a pretty backyard or do you see more? What can you read into this picture? When you look at any picture, do you only see what is right in front of your eyes? Or do you see more?
Ballet Day and Other Unusual Holidays
How do you celebrate Lame Duck Day? Do you buy a duck a set of crutches? How would you like to fly your kite in the middle of the winter? Would you still fly it if a blizzard hit on this day? Or would you sit it out?
Barbershop Quartet Day & Other Musical Holidays
Will you take part in a Barbershop Quartet on Barbershop Quartet Day? Are you going to find all of your old eight track tapes on Eight Track Tape Day? On International Louie Louie Day are you going to listen to music by Richard Berry?
Barnum & Bailey Day and Other Goofy Holidays
Will you go to the circus on Barnum & Bailey Day? Are you going to be brave and try to eat some dandelions on Weed Appreciation Day? Will everything you eat be on a stick on Something on a Stick Day?
Bat Appreciation Day & Other Unusual Holidays
On Bat Appreciation Day, will you put bat houses up on your land? How many chores will you get done on Blah,Blah, Blah Day? What wild guess will you make on Take a Wild Guess Day?
Be Humble Day and Other Unusual Holidays
How humble are you on Be Humble Day? Is Walking the Dog Day a special day for your furry friend? What do you think about on International World Thinking Day? Maybe one of the following unusual holidays will be the inspiration for your next story.
Be Nasty Day & Other Unusual Holidays
Do you encourage any young ladies to write on Girls Write Now Day? How long does it take you to organize your work space on Organize Your Home Office Day? How much popcorn do you eat on Popcorn Lover's Day?
Bubble Gum Day and Other Unusual Holidays
The following unusual holidays are celebrated on February 3. Choose your favorite, do some more research on it, and make it part of your next story. Maybe using one of these lesser known, unusual holidays in your story will make it become a well-known holiday.
Cat Herders Day and Other Unusual Holidays
We all know that Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, but did you know that December 18th this year is Roast Suckling Pig Day? Read on for some little known holidays celebrated this month that would add something extra to your story.
Cereal Day & Other Offbeat Holidays
Are you tempted to find out the meaning of your name on Learn What Your Name Means Day? How many bowls of cereal will you eat on Cereal Day? Will you be a winner on World Maths Day? Will your voice be heard on National Be Heard Day?
Have your characters ever given you problems? Since you are the writer, shouldn´t your characters just do exactly as you tell them? Well, not always. If you allow it, your characters will come to life and tell you how your story should progress.
Choosing a Name for Your Character
There are several things you should consider before choosing the name your character will be known by.
Christian Fiction Selections
Coffee, Cigarettes, and Writer´s Block
A fresh cup of coffee is in front of you, your cigarette is burning, the laptop is open, and its blank screen is staring back at you. We´ve all been there. You are ready to write, but nothing, not even one word, pops into your head.
Conclusion of Interview with Carol Taylor
This is the conclusion of my interview with Carol Taylor, author of "The Ex Chronicles".
Conclusion of Interview with Ceri Radford
Here is the conclusion of my interview with Ceri Radford, author of A Surrey State of Affairs.
Conclusion of Interview with Erik Paul Rocklin
Here is the conclusion of my interview with Erik Paul Rocklin, author of "The Tapestry of Spirit".
Conclusion of Interview with R.L. Mathewson
This is the conclusion of my interview with R.L. Mathewson, author or Playing for Keeps.
Conclusion of Interview with Sally Franz
The last half of my interview with Sally Franz.
Conclusion of Interview with Stephanie Casher
This is the conclusion of my interview with Stephanie Casher, author of When Love Isn´t Enough.
Conclusion of Interview with Thomasina Burke
This is the conclusion of my interview with Thomasina Burke.
Conclusion of Interview with Vince Stone
Here are the answers to the rest of the questions that I asked Vince Stone. I hope you enjoy his answers as much as I did.
Most people, if asked what a conflict is, will say a fight or an argument. A fight or an argument is conflict, but conflict is not just a fight or an argument. Look at the above definition and you can see that there is so much more to conflict than just argument.
Continuation of Interview with Thomasina Burke
Here is more of my interview with Thomasina Burke, author of "Magic Bridge".
Crime Novels and the Easter Witch
Here in the United States, we celebrate Easter by going to church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, having Easter egg hunts, and eating the ears off of chocolate bunnies. What about other countries? How do they celebrate this holiday?
Crocodile Poo & Other Daring Ways to Attain Beauty
Down through history, women have gone to some extreme measures to make themselves attractive. Even today, some will do some crazy things to try and make themselves appealing to someone they are attracted to. Some of these daring and potentially dangerous beauty practices are ancient, some are used
Dancing with Jesus - a Review
In Ecclesiastes 3, we are told that for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. It says that there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. When the time to dance comes around, it is time to use this book.
Decision or Destiny - a Review
How much do the decisions we make affect our lives? Exactly how do they affect the direction our lives go in? If we take a wrong turn, can we ever find happiness again?
Anytime I read a story, I see it played out as a movie in my mind. Therefore, a writer is an artist who is painting a picture inside the reader’s head. How many details are enough to paint a perfect picture?
Did my Knowledge of Gypsies Affect What I Wrote?
My knowledge of Gypsies is limited to what I learned from my mom, and from what I have seen in old movies. The only research I did was to check my ancestor’s last name against a list of known Gypsy clans. I didn’t find it. - Marianne Spitzer
Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day & Other Holidays
How many new friends will you make on Make a Friend Day? Will you use electricity on Be Electrific Day? Of course you will. Nearly everyone uses this great discovery just about every day. Do you own a white shirt to wear on White Shirt Day and why would you want to wear one?
Dr. Seuss Day & Other Bizarre Holidays
Do you prefer to write mysteries or romances, thrillers or fantasies, science fiction or historical fiction? Whatever genre you prefer, I'm sure you can find a way to include one of the bizarre holidays that occur in March in your story. It will add a bit of something different to your story.
Dumbstruck Day & Other Daffy Holidays
Who will you confess to and what will you confess on True Confessions Day? Will you be able to do anything right on Everything You Think is Wrong Day? What is going to happen to leave you speechless on Dumbstruck Day?
Dyngus Day & Other Daffy Holidays
Who will you hose down with water on Dyngus Day? Do you have an antique to cherish on National Cherish an Antique Day? Will your name be mentioned hundreds of years from now in the history books? If so, why?
Eight Writing Problems
Eight common problems that many writers have and how to deal with them.
Elijah: the Prophet Child - a Review
Are you looking for a book for some special young person that isn´t filled with vampires, zombies, werewolves, and magic? Are you looking for a book that has a real hero? If so, I highly recommend this extremely entertaining read by Vince Stone.
Elijah: The Sidonian Conflict - a Review
Vince Stone has given us another great story that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. It is a story without vampires, wizards, zombies, or other not-so-nice creatures. It will keep the interest of those whom most books bore quickly. Best of all, it gives one a true hero to look up to.
Extraterrestrial Day & Other Odd Holidays
If you had a toothache, would you want to celebrate Toothache Day? If my guess is right, you would probably much rather celebrate Read in the Bathtub Day or Extraterrestrial Day. Perhaps one of these holidays will fit perfectly in a story you are writing.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a fairy is a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers. Have you ever wondered just what the origin of these magical creatures is?
Fall Festivals That Celebrate Animals
Every writer wants the setting in his story to be as authentic as possible. You want the reader to feel as though he is part of the story and is right there experiencing everything right along with your characters.
Ferris Wheel Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Do you wait all year for Clean Out Your Computer Day to clean our all the files that are no longer used? How many times can you change your name on Get a Different Name Day?
Fiction for the Young at Heart
These selections of fiction are appropriate for children of any age to read.
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Fiction Writing Shop
Take some time and browse through the selections of fiction, writing and reference books and software in my shop. Here you can also learn about the Paperback Swap Club.
Fictionalized Memoirs and Historical Fiction
Experience someone´s actual life events through a fictionalized memoir. Relive the events of history through fiction.
Find a Rainbow Day & Other Uncommon Holidays
Will you see a rainbow on Find a Rainbow Day? Are you going to wear tweed clothing on Tweed Day?
Forces of Nature - Thunderstorms
A thunderstorm produces heavy rain and it accompanied by thunder and lightning. At times it also produces hail and heavy, damaging winds. They are a force of nature, and when conditions are right, they unleash their fury. How can this be used in your writing?
Another tool used by the writer to add suspense, dread or excitement to the story is foreshadowing. What is foreshadowing and how does one use it successfully?
Fragrance Day & Other Uncommon Holidays
Should you buy a special perfume on Fragrance Day? How will you record your memories on Memory Day? Even though courtesy seems to be a thing of the past, are you going to practice being courteous on National Common Courtesy Day?
Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life
Do you have any friends or loved ones who are a writers? Having problems deciding what to get them for their birthdays or Christmas? Would you like to give them something that would inspire their writing and put their creative minds to work?
Go For Broke Day & Other Special Holidays
What risky endeavor will you undertake on Go For Broke Day? Will you travel to Chicago to visit Uno on National Deep Dish Pizza Day? How will you make your job fun on National Fun at Work Day?
Anyone who writes needs to possess at least a basic understanding of grammar and how to use it to their advantage. Reading an article or story by someone who has poor command of the English language can seriously detract from the story.
Articles that have to do with the spookiest season of the year.
Hedgehog Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Most of the holidays observed on February 2 are a way of celebrating that we are half-way through winter. Choose one of the below unusual holidays, investigate it further yourself, and write a story around it.
Historical Fiction Genre
Historical fiction is fiction based on events that happened in the past or on people who lived in the past. I enjoyed history in school, but intentionally stayed away from reading any historical fiction. I really didn’t think that it would be any entertaining or enjoyable at all. How wrong I was!
Holiday Fiction Selections
Fiction that is centered around holidays, such as Christmas and Halloween.
How to Use the Comma
The comma is one of the most important punctuation marks, and it is also one of the most misused. Most often, a comma means that the reader needs to pause in his reading. How a comma is used can change the meaning of the entire sentence.
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day & Other Odd Holidays
Have you ever heard of Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? What about Thank a Mailman Day? You will learn about these and other unusual holidays that occur in February when you continue reading.
If your muse is anything like mine, she never picks a good time to give you ideas, never when pen and paper or computer are handy. By the time you are ready to write, all your great ideas have disappeared. Or have they? Sometimes you need to force them back out.
Int. Juggler's Day & Other Peculiar Holidays
Will you thank your favorite newspaper columnist on Newspaper Columnist's Day? What will you juggle on International Juggler's Day? Are you going to wear your pajamas to work on National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day?
Kindergarten Day & Other Unusual Holidays
Will you visit a kindergarten class on Kingergarten Day? What music artist will you see on Record Store Day? On Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, will you tell your bulldog just how beautiful he is?
Land Line Telephone Day & Other Odd Holidays
What feats of awesomeness are you going to do on International Day of Awesomeness? Are you going to have a land line phone installed on Land Line Telephone Day? Are you going to give up the use of your credit cards on U.S. Paper Money Day?
Legal Assistants Day & Other Quirky Holidays
On Legal Assistants Day, are you going to send your legal assistant a thank you card? On Quirky Music Song Titles Day, are you going to listen to some country music with quirky titles? Are you going to change your name on National “Joe” Day?
Lips Appreciation Day & Other Crazy Holidays
Will you wear deep purple and emerald green on St. Urho's Day? Are you going to baby your lips on Lips Appreciation Day? Will you make any mistakes on Everything You Do is Right Day?
Literary Fiction Selections
Here you will find a selection of books in the genre of literary fiction.
Magic Bridge - a Review
“It isn´t your first meeting, getting married, or making love. It is the strength to do the hardest thing imaginable to ease the suffering of the one you love at the darkest moment of their life " - Thomasina Burke
Make Your Readers Feel at Home in Your Story
You don´t want your story to read like a tourism book or an atlas, so how do you make the reader feel like a part of the action and surroundings?
Meteor Watch Day & Other Unusual Holidays
There are many unusual holidays in June. Whether you prefer to write mysteries or romance, thrillers or fantasies, science fiction or historical fiction, I'm sure you can find one of the three I've selected to mention that catches your eye and causes storylines to start running through your mind.
More of Interview with Thomasina Burke
Here is some more of my interview with Thomasina Burke.
Multiple Personality Day & Other Peculiar Holidays
Do you prefer to write mysteries or romances, thrillers or fantasies, science fiction or historical fiction? Whatever genre you prefer to write in, I'm sure you can find a way to include one of the peculiar holidays that occur in March in your story.
My Interview with Ceri Radford
Ceri Radford, author of the delightful book A Surrey State of Affairs, agreed to answer some questions for me about her book and her writing career. I hope you enjoy her answers.
My Interview with Erik Paul Rocklin
Erik Paul Rocklin, author of "The Tapestry of Spirit" agreed to answer some questions for me. I hope you find his answers as interesting as I did.
My Interview with Hy Conrad & Jeff Johnson
Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson, the authors of Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know, agreed to answer some questions for me about their life and their writing careers. I hope you enjoy their answers as much as I did.
My Interview with R.L. Mathewson
R.L. Mathewson, author of Playing for Keeps, agreed to answer some questions for me. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did.
My Interview with Sally Franz
The first half of my interview with Sally Franz.
My Interview with Stephanie Casher
This is part one of my interview with Stephanie Casher, author of When Love Isn´t Enough.
My Interview with Thomasina Burke
Thomasina Burke, the author of "Magic Bridge", agreed to answer some questions for me. With her permission, I share these answers with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
My Interview with Vince Stone
Vince Stone, author of "Elijah: the Prophet Child" answered some questions for me. With his permission, I share the answers with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
My Writing Quirks & Must-Haves to Write
I like to think that I´m fairly uncomplicated when it comes to my writing. That said, there are a few little needs that I must have satisfied and some quirky habits that are definitely idiosyncratic.
Selections of fiction that are filled with mystery and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Napping Day & Other Goofy Holidays
How many naps do you plan on taking on Napping Day? Are you going to have a Donald Duck cartoon festival on Donald Duck Day? Are you going to be brave enough to open an umbrella inside your house on National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day?
National Chili Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Do you celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day almost every day? Do you make a big pot of your favorite chili to accompany the chips on National Chili Day? Are you so thankful for Tennis Day that you challenge everyone you know to your own private tennis tournament?
National Gum Drop Day and Other Odd Holidays
How many gum drops can you eat on National Gum Drop Day? Can you put a smile on a grouchy face on Do a Grouch a Favor Day? What in the world are you supposed to celebrate on Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day?
National PB & J Day and Other Unusual Holidays
How will you encourage a young person's love of reading on International Children's Book Day? How many peanut butter & jelly sandwiches will you eat on National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day? Will you visit Benton, Kentucky on Tater Day?
National Weatherman's Day & Other Odd Holidays
Will your weatherperson accurately forecast the weather on National Weatherman's Day? Learn about this unusual holiday and others that occur before Valentine's Day. Choose on of the most interesting holidays and write a story featuring it.
New Year's Resolutions for Writers
The New Year’s resolutions of a writer should focus mainly on different aspects of writing. When you look back over the past year, are there things you wish you had done differently?
Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day & Other Weird Holidays
What illusion will you create on Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day? Will you start your own business on National Mom & Pop Business Owner's Day? Will you visit Niagara Falls on Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day?
No Housework Day & Other Bizarre Holidays
Will you find a pillow fight taking place in a nearby city and join in on International Pillow Fight Day? Who will you get to do your housework on No Housework Day?
Opposite Day and Other Unusual Holidays
There are an abundance of unusual holidays in January that we can use to add a touch of something different to our stories. In this article, I'll tell you about the unusual holidays from the twenty-fifth day of January through the thirty-first day of January.
Outlandish Fall Festivals
Some very unusual festivals take place during the fall season. If one of the festivals I talk about in this article catch your interest, maybe you will want to include it in your next story.
Pancake Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Do you tend to spoil your pets on Love Your Pet Day? Are you brave enough to celebrate Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day? Are you lucky enough to be able to attend the Mardi Gras? Hopefully one of the following holidays will inspire you to write a terrific story.
Panic Day & Other Peculiar Holidays
Do you celebrate Barbie Day by getting out all of your Barbie dolls and playing with them? How many things do you have to get over on Get Over It Day? Who is Joe Franklin and why do we have a holiday celebrating what this man has done? What causes you to panic on Panic Day?
Paranormal vs. Fantasy Fiction
There are more genres of fiction than I care to talk about, so in this article I’ll only focus on a few of them. Paranormal fiction and fantasy are easy to confuse, but there is a simple way to tell them apart.
Peculiar People Day and Other Unusual Holidays
There are an abundance of unusual holidays in January that we can use to add a touch of something different to our stories. In this article, I'll tell you about the unusual holidays from the ninth day of January until the nineteenth day of January.
Pencil Day & Other Peculiar Holidays
On Grass is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day will you realize that your life may not be so bad after all? Will you go out and buy a new set of quality pencils on Pencil Day? Will you get your life put in order on I Am in Control Day?
Phobias That Could Thwart Writers
Halloween is the time when we think about scary things. What is out there that would scare a writer? If the thought of having one of the following phobias is bad, then just how bad would it be if you actually did have one or more of them?
A plot consists of every part of the storyline - the people, the conflicts, the world it takes place in. An important thing to remember is that no plot is ever set in stone until the story is published. It can be changed as you write the story, not just one time but several times.
Plum Pudding Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Do you think that Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox had plum pudding on Plum Pudding Day? Or do you believe that he and Babe celebrated Paul Bunyan Day by eating some plum pudding?
Point of View
Your story´s plot is full of action, the characters are outstanding, and the locale is mysterious and exciting. How do you decide which point of view to write it in??
Potato Chip Day & Other Nutty Holidays
How many questions are you going to ask on International Ask a Question Day? Will you visit the Bohart Museum of Entomology on MOTH-ER Day? What kind of potato chips will you consume on Potato Chip Day? Are you going to bake a pie on Pi Day?
Public Sleeping Day & Other Unusual Holidays
Are you going to try and catch a tooth fairy on National Tooth Fairy Day? Do you remove your brain on No Brainer Day? And do you celebrate Public Sleeping Day every day of the year?
Question and Quotation Marks, Exclamation Points
My last article on punctuation is on question marks, exclamation points, and quotation marks. There aren’t a whole lot of rules to learn about their usage, but my articles on punctuation would not be complete unless I covered those rules as well.
Quirk Classics/ Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Quirk Classics are modern versions of selected classics. They are made more interesting for the people of today by the addition of zombies, robots, and other creatures, yet they still retain the literary quality of the originals.
From dictionaries to books on poisons, here you will find books that will come in handy while you are writing.
Rest of Interview with Hy Conrad & Jeff Johnson
This is the conclusion of my interview with Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson, authors of Things YOur Dog Doesn´t Want You to Know.
Robinson Crusoe Day and Other Unusual Holidays
February has a lot of unusual holidays. This article only tells about the unusual holidays that occur on February 1. Have fun learning about these holidays and use them to make your story unique.
Safety Pin Day & Other Peculiar Holidays
Will you visit your local library on National Library Workers Day? Are you going to go barefooted on One Day Without Shoes? How many safety pins will you use on Safety Pin Day?
Saint Patrick's Day Myths and Facts
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. When I was still going to school, I remember always finding something green to wear to school on this special day. I didn't want to be pinched, and if I failed to wear green, the inevitable happened. Who was St. Patrick and what does green have to do with this day?
Save the Rhino Day
The rhino is a magnificent animal. Each of these reasons its horn is coveted could be turned into an exciting story. You could use any of the following examples of why the rhino horn is so sought after as the basis of a romance story, a thriller, a mystery, or any other kind of story.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Many times science fiction and fantasy merge into each other and it is hard to tell the difference. There is a lot of disagreement about what science fiction is and what fantasy is. This article talks about the difference between them and how to write science fiction and fantasy.
Scrabble Day & Other Unique Holidays
What will you see up above on Look Up at the Sky Day? On Reach as High as You Can Day, what will you reach for? How many games of Scrabble will you play on Scrabble Day?
Screen and television
Writing fiction for the film and television industries.
Selections in Romantic Fiction
Everyone loves a great romance. Here are the some romance selections that I consider to be well worth reading.
Sellout - a Review
“Why does it always have to be about race? Why can´t two people just love each other and not get harassed for it?” Sellout, by James W. Lewis, focuses on how irrationally and violently many people react when they see interracial couples.
Semi-Colons, Colons, and Dashes
The basic rules for using semi-colons, colons, and dashes are not nearly as difficult to understand as I thought they would be. I had always considered them confusing. The basic rules for these punctuation marks are covered here.
Seven Common Writing Mistakes
Many people make the mistake of thinking that writing is so simple, but it is hard work for the majority of us. There are some common writing mistakes made by most everyone who writes, or attempts to write.
Short Fiction Markets
Markets for short stories and novelettes.
Show, Don´t Tell
“Show, don’t tell.” What exactly does that mean? How does one show what is happening instead of just telling? What are the benefits of doing so?
Snowman Burning Day & Other Unique Holidays
Do you have a fiancee to kiss on Kiss Your Fiancee Day? Does everyone in your family have a jump rope to jump on National Jump Out! Day? How many snowmen will you burn on Snowman Burning Day?
Sorry Charlie Day & Other Crazy Holidays
How many practical jokes will you pull on April Fool's Day? Are you going to buy a stack of comic books on Reading is Funny Day? Are you going to burn all of your rejection slips and letters on Sorry Charlie Day?
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Suffering for Beauty - Lip Plates
How far would you go to be attractive to those of the opposite sex? What modifications would you make to your body? Is there anything that you would refuse to do?
Lip plates are pieces of jewelry that are used to modify the body, specifically the lips.
Suffering for Beauty - Neck Rings
The “giraffe women” have always fascinated me. Why would any woman allow heavy brass rings to be placed around her neck? Why would any woman submit her young daughter to such a thing? A lot of it depends on the culture you were raised in, and what you were taught to believe.
Suffering for Beauty - the Victorian Corset
Would your character be willing to go to such extremes to have a tiny waist? Does your character long to be physically attractive to men so badly that she would live in discomfort and risk her health and well-being by wearing a tight Victorian corset?
Talk Like Shakespeare Day & Other Zany Holidays
How many chances will you take on Take a Chance Day? Will you visit a mad scientist on World Laboratory Day? On Talk Like Shakespeare Day, will thou talkest like Shakespeare?
Teflon Day & Other Unusual Holidays
Will you forgo driving and walk to work on National Walk to Work Day? How much beer will you drink on New Beer's Eve? Will you wear tartan on Tartan Day? Will you buy yourself a new set of Teflon cookware on Teflon Day?
Tell a Fairy Tale Day & Other Odd Holidays
Have you come up with a totally new design for a pistol that you need to patent on Pistol Patent Day? Are you going to attempt to swallow a sword on International Sword Swallowers Day? Or do you want to write a modern-day fairy tale on Tell a Fairy Tale Day?
Tell a Lie Day & Other Unique Holidays
Will you remember to take your ascorbic acid on Vitamin C Day? Are you going to buy a pet rat on World Rat Day? How many lies will you tell on Tell a Lie Day?
Tell a Story Day
Don't you just love to tell a good story? April is full of all kinds of unusual holidays. There are many different unusual and different holidays that fall on April 27, but I'm only going to focus on one special holiday, Tell a Story Day, in this article.
Terri's Day & Other Unusual Holidays
Are you going to buy a Bunsen burner on Bunsen Burner Day? On National “She's Funny That Way” Day, are you going to watch the comedy of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnette? How many clams are you going to eat on National Clam on the Half Shell Day?
The Action/Adventure Genre
Several different genres and sub-genres of fiction exist. Many writers stress over what genre they should write in. The answer is simple – write what you love to read. The action/adventure genre is highlighted in this article.
The Art of Teleportation
When you read, the words should magically teleport you to another land, time, or universe filled with other people, animals, or creatures. You lose yourself in a fantasy world and live vicariously through someone, maybe even something, else.
The Chitlin Strut & Other Wacky Festivals
How will you poke fun at a fire ant during the Fire Ant Festival? Will you annoy the ant so much that he sets you on fire? Will your woolly worm win the race at the Woolly Worm Festival? What is a chitlin and why do they hold a festival in its honor? Will you attend the Chitlin Strut to find out
The comma is one of the most misused punctuation marks. Some people seem to haphazardly throw commas into what they write. Maybe they think that makes them appear as though they know what they are doing. It doesn’t. All it does is show they need to brush up on their punctuation rules.
The Critical First Draft
Some compare writing a book to building a house. Before you put up the framework, you have a blueprint made so you know just what you are going to do.
The Darker Side of Santa Writing Prompts
Did you know that there was a dark side to jolly old Santa Claus? Well, maybe not a dark side to Santa himself, but he does have different dark companions that are supposed to accompany him on his gift giving journey, companions whose job it is to punish the ones that have been naughty.
The Ex Chronicles - a Review
"The Ex Chronicles", written by Carol Taylor, is a character-driven novel that succeeds in emotionally involving the reader in the lives of each of its main characters – Precious, Bella, Zenobia, Hope, and later on, Portia.
The First Sentence
Just about every writer dreams of writing words that will have a lasting effect on civilization. Wouldn’t it be awesome if at least one line from each of your books tended to stay in people´s minds?
The Law of Unintended Consequences
The Law of Unintended Consequences brings conflict, tension, and surprises to your story. A character does something and intends for it to have a certain outcome. Maybe it accomplishes what was planned, maybe not, but other unplanned events happen because of that one decision.
The Main Reason You Need an Editor
If you want to satisfy and entertain your reader so much that he/she will buy more of your books or read more of your stories, then you need to hire an editor to clean up all of the mistakes you made while writing your story.
The Period or Full Stop
This is the first of several articles on punctuation. This one covers the period, or full stop.
The Romance Genre
There is no better time to talk about the genre of romance than Valentine’s Day, the day when people everywhere celebrate their love for that special someone in their lives. What is a romance story? Basically, it is a love story between two people.
The Tapestry of Spirit - a Review
The Tapestry of Spirit, written by Erik Paul Rocklin, is an allegorical tale of a young boy on a spiritual journey. It is the story of a young boy who is looking for answers.
The Troublesome Apostrophe
What is the purpose of this troublesome and often misused punctuation mark? The apostrophe has two purposes: to show possession and to indicate missing letters. In certain instances it is also used to clear up confusion when making plurals.
The Writer´s Journal
Do you dream? Do entire novels play themselves out in your imagination each night as you are peacefully, or not so peacefully, slumbering? Perhaps you daydream? Do you lose track of where you are and what is going on because you have been sucked into a world that your mind has created?
Things Your Dog Doesn´t Want You to Know - Review
Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? You leave, and your dog knows you’re coming back. You may only be gone for a minute, but he jumps all over you when you walk through the door. Why? And why does he wag his tail?
Titanic Remembrance Day
The RMS Titanic went to her watery grave on April 15, 1912. The death toll from the sinking of this ship was 1,503. Only 705 people survived. The day before she sank to the bottom of the Atlantic, she collided with an iceberg that ripped a hole in her side.
Toy Soldier Day & Other Curious Holidays
Do you prefer to write mysteries or romances, thrillers or fantasies, science fiction or historical fiction? Whatever genre you prefer to write in, I'm sure you can find a way to include one of these curious holidays that occur in March in your story.
Trivia Day and Other Unusual Holidays
There are an abundance of unusual holidays in January that we can use to add a touch of something different to our stories. In this article, I'll tell you about some of the unusual holidays from the first day of January until the eighth day of January.
It’s been my experience that readers will forgive clunky writing or plots with holes, but they don’t forgive boring or flat characters. As a writer, the question then becomes how do we write exciting, 3D characters?
Unique Names Day & Other Special Holidays
Are you going to find out if you were named after a distant relative on Namesake Day? Are you going to learn how to snowshoe on U.S. Snowshoeing Day? Are you going to feast on frozen food on National Frozen Food Day?
Vaffeldagen & Other Little-Known Holidays
What holiday will you create on Make Your Own Holiday Day? Which book by J.R.R. Tolkien will you choose to read on Tolkien Day? If you enjoy eating waffles, then you should really have fun on Vaffeldagen.
Valentine's Day Writing Prompts
The most romantic holiday of the year is almost upon us. Valentine's Day is loved by those here in America, but it is especially loved by retailers. Vast amounts of money are spent on gifts by men and women looking for that special gift for their significant other.
Weary Willie Day and Other Unusual Holidays
Here are some more unusual holidays that take place in December.
When to Start a New Paragraph
Why do writers, especially fiction writers, need to worry about knowing when to begin a new paragraph? The main reason is to keep the reader from becoming confused. Is there any writer who wants to confuse his reader?
When to Use Hyphens
Hyphens have always confused me, but since I have begun to edit my work and the work of others, I have had to learn how they are used. The use of hyphens involves certain rules, none of which are that hard to remember.
When Your Characters Take Control
Each author has his or her own way of writing a book. Some have to plan out every scene, every piece of the plot, and every character before getting started. They have to know exactly what is going to happen and write the story according to what they have planned.
Why Authors Need to Read
Reading stories that other authors have written will give you ideas for your own characters, plots, twists, and even more. Are you plagiarizing when you do this? No. You are not copying what has been written, you are using ideas from words that have already been written to create something new.
Witch Hysteria Day & Other Weird Holidays
March is full of some interesting holidays, most of which you have probably never heard of. Enjoy reading and learning about these unusual days, then pick at least one of them, write a story about it, or include it in the story you are currently writing.
Women´s Fiction Selections
Here you will find books that are in the women´s fiction genre.
World Chicken Festival & More Wacky Festivals
Some truly wacky festivals are held in the South each fall. Perhaps your character is a contestant in the Great Outhouse Blowout and Race. Maybe he is researching the famous Colonel Sanders and travels to the World Chicken Festival.
Worship of Tools Day & Other Zany Holidays
Do you keep enough batteries handy to change out all of them on Check Your Batteries Day? Do you save any daylight with Daylight Saving Time? On Johnny Appleseed Day, are you going to plant an apple tree? What tools will you worship on Worship of Tools Day?
Some terms you need to be familiar with before sending a manuscript out for publication.
Writing Books, Software & Courses; Book Clubs
Here you will find books on specific aspects of writing - how to create a character, plot, culture, or language. There is also a book on how to write a novel, as well as an ebook of creative writing exercises. Also, learn about the Paperback Swap Club, a place where you can swap books with others.
Writing for radio
Writing fiction for radio.
Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite reading material. I am still learning how to effectively write for this genre, but I would like to share some of what I have learned with you.
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A short story is short enough to be read in one sitting, as opposed to a novel which may take weeks to read. What makes up a good, possibly great, short story?
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