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Idea You Can Steal 18 -- Desertion

An early Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. Here’s another story idea from the Apprentice Wordsmith pot.

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Grammar in Creative Writing

Inevitably, whenever my workload increases, I end up blogging about craft. Then again, that’s the primary focus of this blog, so I guess that’s a good thing?

You can think of this post as a precursor to my “How Do I” series. Those posts are all about grammar and structure. Not as in-depth as someplace like Grammarly’s blog, but they’re still among my longest posts. So I’d like to take a step back and talk about the role of grammar in creative writing. I fear that, if you’ve been reading all of my posts, you might have gotten a mixed message. Allow me to set the record straight.

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Writing Prompts 15

Hi, readers. How’s 2019 been treating you so far? It’s still treating me well, professionally speaking. Unfortunately, that means I haven’t had much time for my creative projects. Entering the second month now. Sigh.

But don’t let my woes slow you down. Here are some prompts to kickstart your creativity.

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Friday Flash 11 -- The Clocks of Tynsk

Inspired by “Clockwork” by Vindsvept

There was a clockmaker in the town of Tynsk. He lived on the fringes, aloof and alone. He never opened his door to the townsfolk, but welcomed every lost traveler and poor wanderer.

All who spent a night in his house spoke of the clocks, the finest they’d ever seen, tick-tock-ticking away. It filled the house with more than sound – a soft peace, a peace beyond words. They heard the care in the clockmaker’s work, the same care he extended to his guests. Though he called no one friend, the old man was loved.

Stories spread. Jealous, the townsfolk wondered why the clockmaker denied them – his childhood companions – his hospitality. They grumbled about a bewitching peace produced by warlock clocks. It was too good to be true.

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Idea You Can Steal 17 -- A Working Family

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! As a token of my love, here’s a story idea.

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