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What’s your sole redeeming feature?

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Hand size rant

Hm. Well this is going to be a gay reply to your rant, so take it for what it is. Hand size isn’t a thing I care about. My hubby, who stands a good six inches shorter than I do – and I’m only 5’7″ myself –...

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Is my heroine too masculine?

I feel that there are two issues mixed here: What will make a female character popular with readers, and what is realistic. In your post, I don’t see a realism issue with regard to masculine/feminine traits. (I generally regard storie...

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Feedback on an idea

A friend had an idea for a TV script that we could write together and I thought it was a fantastic idea. I would start it as a book and then we’d go from there. The idea is a “take a walk in everyone’s shoes” kind of thing. The main...

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A Lenten Feast 2

DAVID JONES Peter was hiding under his blanket. Torch light leaked out offering the only warmth to the frozen space. David lay on his own uncomfortable mattress think the muddle through. “Transfer from the State School to Aelred Abbey.”...

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Raskolnikov and the Extraordinary

Hello. First off, I’ve just reached part 4, so no spoilers, please. Spoilers ahead for people who haven’t read the book… I’ve been wondering throughout Crime and Punishment why, if Rodya wanted to carry out his plan ...

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When your story already exists

Seriously. I’ve spent 2 years planning and writing a novel (I mostly work in short stories, this has been a huge undertaking, not that my experience in unique) to learn that it already exists. “Captive” by Gabrielle Estres...

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Character Level of Importance

So, I am currently working on my character list and I am categorizing their level of importance according to the story. Though I am sure there is an established scale, I thought it might also be fun to share our own personal scales of Chara...

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Flash Fiction Contest #58 — Theme: Switcheroo

Switching powers (497 words) It was spring. Wind was cool. The viewer could see florescent flowers glowing even at sunset; artistic shapes of flowers drawn as if of nature. The cold breezes carried bees’ murmurs across vast distances; eve...

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Aspie’s Pipeline

Phases: 1. Idea2. Planning3. Structural work and character developement4. Writing Shitty First Draft = SFD5. SFD sleeps for some time6. Rewriting rounds7. Beta readers8. Final editing/polish9. To the publishing houses (or agents if it leave...

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