Revise with Confidence

downloadJoan Dempsey has some resources that writers might need.

Do you know the proper way to use a hyphen in your writing?

Do you know how to write good dialogue?

Do you know how to cut the clutter from your writing?

Do you have problems writing character’s expressions?

Whatever the problem you have with writing, there might be an answer at Joan Dempsey’s website.

It is always good to check out different resources.

Happy Writing!

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Would Mark Twain like Your Humor Writing?


$13-$23 ENTRY FEE.
Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing.

Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain.

We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

Deadline July 10, 2016.

Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author. PRIZES (winners in both categories):

1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)
2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)
3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)
Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).


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Gustave Flaubert

Flaubert-Francais“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

~Gustave Flaubert

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Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Writing Contest



Deadline May 31, 2016.

All submissions should be made to and must adhere to the setting of Elgin, Scotland, and area during the 18th and/or 19th century. The winners will be announced at the Spirit of Moray Book Festival, 13-17 September 2016.

The entry must be a short story, in English, an original work of fiction, previously unpublished, and not more than 3,000 words. The winning entry will receive £350 and the second place £150.

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Do you write Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror Fiction?

cropped-red-sun-logo-2-5Red Sun Magazine

Red Sun publishes science-fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction between 3-5k words, up to 17k words; 3-5k is preferred, but  will consider works up to 17k. They also will consider serializing longer works up to 80k.

Pay – $100 for stories; $150 for stories 15-17k; and $300 for serializations.

For art and comics they will pay $20 per piece; $50 for a cover.

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Otherworldly Creatures


Beneath the Chapter 

by Jessica Walsh and Briana Lawrence
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Was this why? Was this the reason he’d told her to be quiet, because this needed to happen?

The middle of winter has given the residents of the warehouse plenty of time to mull over their last adventure. The Storyteller has been found, but has left behind only more questions and no real answers. Just when the group exhausts all of their resources, a new organization comes to the surface that could tie up all the loose threads.

Unfortunately, the Chapter isn’t what it appears to be, and the Hunters are now left to deal with a new threat that hits a little too close to home. What secrets is the Chapter hiding, and is it worth uncovering the truth?

The Hunters series is an urban supernatural adventure with several diverse characters that introduces a world hidden in the shadows of the Midwest.  Otherworldly creatures walk among us, and lives and stories will be changed with just the turn of a page.  The book is 340 pages and is due to be released on April 30th, 2016.  

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Purchase Seeking the Storyteller, the first book in the series at:


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Chasing Eva

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Chasing Eva

By: Camellia Hart

Genre: Romance, Contemporary


Author Camellia Hart’s debut contemporary romance novel about a man and a woman whose lives are about to get sizzling hot…

Chasing Eva coverAfter living through her share of disloyal relationships, Evangeline Avery will be damned if she lets another man cheat her. A beautiful and confident woman, Eva is the owner of an interior design firm at the brink of collapse. She swears to bring her company back to its past glory, even if it involves sweet talking the one man who caused this turmoil in the first place – Clive Stanton.

Notorious playboy Clive Stanton is a powerful businessman and a formidable enemy of many. He doesn’t do love, or at least not until he meets her again, fifteen years after he saw her last. Eva, his crush from teenage years, the one that got away, is back in his world and he is determined to do anything to make her his.

Will passion and lust bring them together or conflict and the unforgettable scars from their pasts forever tear them apart?


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Camellia Hart, a techie turned author of romance, lives in San Francisco with her husband, the love of her life. Other than writing her next romance novel, her hobbies include traveling, lazing on a beach with a good read, watching movies with happy endings while gorging on endless buckets of popcorn, red wine, and champagne truffles.
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How I Met Sally

CindyThis is how I met Sally.

Do a relaxation technique.

Find a comfortable spot where it is quiet and you will not be interrupted.

Close your eyes.

Take a deep breath through your nose and pretend your stomach is a balloon that you are filling up with air.  When your stomach/balloon is full, let it out slowly through your mouth.  Do this a few times until you feel yourself relax and your limbs are starting to go limp or you think you might fall asleep.

Now, imagine a peaceful place.  It could be a quiet park, a walk in the woods, standing on a beach, anywhere you like.  Imagine a gently breeze brushing across your face.  It could be warm or cool.  The sun could be shining, or it could be raining, or cloudy, or snowing, if your peaceful place is a winter mountain retreat.

Take a look around at your surroundings.  The peace and tranquility is very comforting.

Do you see a child?  If not, continue looking.  S/he has not found you yet and you have not found them.

When you see the child, how does the child react.  Does s/he walk up to you and tell you their name?  Do they hang back?  What are they doing?  What are they saying?  Is anyone with them or are they by themselves?

Approach your child and say hello.  Ask them their name and tell them yours.

Once you have connected, what are your doing?

Do the activity for a few moments, then explain to your inner child that you have to go because you have responsibilities and work to do.  Say good-bye to your inner child and let them know that you will be back and that they are welcome to visit anytime.

Open your eyes, and remember that when your inner child visits you or your visit your inner child, that you are the adult and that you are in charge.

Set some rules with your inner child.

Pam Young’s inner child is Nelly.  Pam met Nelly several years ago and both Pam and I would love for you to met your inner child and to get to know them better.

Now that Sally is awake, I must go have a talk with her about how I need to stop procrastinating and do the daily chores that I need to get done and to read all those books that I promised people I would read.


“Some of those books are boring.”

“I know Sally, but I promised.”

“Some of the books are not well written.  And, you know that you stop reading if the story does not hold your interest.”

“I know Sally.  I must, however, be fair to the writers of those books.  They worked very hard to put their stories together for folks to read.”

“Some not hard enough!”

“That’s not fair, Sally.  They all did the best they could do.”

“If you say so.  I am just not totally convinced,” Sally said as she stomped off to her room.

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I have something to confess to my readers.  I have let my inner child get away with things that I normally would not allow her to get away with.

Whew!  There I said it.

I have known for a while now that something was just not right.  I have so much to do, yet not much gets done, other than work at my 40 hour week job-Sally knows she cannot interfere there.  Clean clothes are in the laundry basket waiting to be folded, the bed is not made–I just throw back the blankets and say ‘good enough.’  The carpet needs vacuuming and the furniture needs to be dusted.

The dining room table looks more like a sewing room table because it is cluttered with fabric and mail that I have put off looking at.  And, I have a large growing stack of books that need to be read and reviews written.

I have unfinished crochet projects and unfinished hand piece quilting projects in the den.  On the den floor are a few magazines, puzzle books and my laptop.

I look around and ask, “What is wrong with you?  You are the adult, not Sally.  So, why are you allowing her to get away with so many things?”

Meet my inner child…Sally.  Sally likes to play and not get her work at home done.  She would rather be outsideCindy, because after all, we have had unusual warm weather this winter and so far this spring.  The only thing that Sally does not like is all the wind and neither do I.  Yet, Sally has found places to play out of the wind.  She has played with the cats in the catio and the house, has colored some great pictures, watched some fun movies and is learning sign language.

If you are procrastinating, eating foods you vowed not to eat, shopping way to much and buying things you don’t need, then you probably haven’t met your inner child, yet.

We all have an inner child.  S/he is the one that lets us play.  S/he is the voice in our heads that answer when we think or speak out loud our thought…”I really shouldn’t eat that piece of chocolate.”  “Oh, go ahead,” replies the voice.  “One tiny piece won’t hurt and no one will ever know.”  That voice is your inner child.



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Wake Me Up

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Wake Me Up

By Justin Bog

Genre: Literary Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, LGBT


“I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.”


A small college town’s populace is tied, complicitly, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast.

While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.

Justin Bog Author Photo Author Bio

A member of ITW: International Thriller Writers group, Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest with his two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling. He is the author of the Suspense Magazine Award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition, and Hark: A Christmas Collection.


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