Apprentice Wordsmith A Writer's Blog

Idea You Can Steal 20 -- A Chessmaster's Legacy

Happy Easter, everyone! Here’s a springtime treat for you.

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Writing the Middle

Some stories take a while to get started. Others suffer from a rushed or poorly thought out ending. Yet the place where a lot of stories I’ve read stumble is in the middle. The middle is also where a lot of beginning writers start to run into problems, lose steam and confidence, and are tempted to abandon their story altogether. The worst part is that the middle is the longest section of the story – the majority of it. So getting the middle right is vital to writing a consistently enjoyable story.

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Writing Prompts 16

I promised myself that I wouldn’t give you to the “April showers” line again this year, but since it’s been raining all day, it’s all I can think about. So I might’ve failed to deliver a pithy intro, but I still have five new writing prompts for you.

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Idea You Can Steal 19 -- The Case of the Missing Assistant

March has one last Friday for us, so here’s a bonus story idea for you.

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The Sword in Lake Mitchell, Part 1

Kaelyn swam through the cool, clear water, scanning the lake bed with her flashlight. The heart of Lake Mitchell was dim, even at midday. Unlike Kaelyn’s other diving spots, it was eerily still and quiet. There were no plants, no fish – only silt covering the one-hundred-year-old remains of a naval battle.

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