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Friday Fiction -- Crystal Towers

Martinez stood on the roof of one of the business district’s eponymous Crystal Towers. On a sunny day, the virtually identical steel and glass skyscrapers lived up to the name. But today, the sky was an omnious gray. It was always windy this high up, yet Martinez could still feel a storm coming – in more ways than one.

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Idea You Can Steal 39 -- The Lost Tribe

It’s been raining all day today, so here’s me slipping in a story idea for you before it starts thundering again.

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Can Dark Stories Be Uplifting? Part 4

This is the fourth and final part of my spring series. If you’re just tuning in, I recommend starting with part 1. If you need to catch up, you can find part 3 here.

I’ve talked about how dark stories can produce an uplifting feeling in the reader and how darkness and light can be balanced proportionally rather than equally. I want to end this series with my most important argument. Why can some readers leave a dark story feeling good or even hopeful? Why do these stories work? It’s because positive endings don’t have to be happy endings.

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Writing Prompts 30

It’s summertime! Sadly, there’s a lot of crazy stuff happening that I’m sure has put a damper on your usual summer plans. Yet I hope you can find time and a sunny spot to write this month. Here’s some prompts to get you started.

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Idea You Can Steal 38 -- The Possessed Amulet

May has an extra Friday this year, so here’s an extra story idea for you.

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