Writing Rules- a flash story

This is my winning story for week 363 of the #ThursThreads competition. Thanks to judge Cara Michaels for choosing me & Siobhan Muir for making the competition possible. Hope you like it! Writing Rules. “Your assignment is to write a two-hundred-and-fifty-word story about whatever you like. The only thing I asked is that you follow... Continue Reading →



Presenting my 750 word challenge story for the above picture by Russian photographer Daniel Kordan . This challenge was set by Miranda Kate, please find her on twitter @PurpleQueenNL The challenge is part of her #midweekflash game on Facebook, and the link is below the story. Enjoy. Awakening Waking up should all leave you feeling well-rested,... Continue Reading →

Fire of Vengeance

A 250 word flash story challenge for Facebooks Thursday Threads, game. The prompt: 'It begins with fire.' Fire of Vengeance It always starts with a fire, not a physical flame, but an event igniting a mental flame in your heart, your soul. A flame that becomes a fire of desire, or revenge. For him the... Continue Reading →

Mapping the Scenes of a Chapter by guest author Mason Bushell

My method for setting out chapters and scenes for a story, With thanks to Author Val Penny.

Val Penny's Book Reviews

I am delighted to have my friend and fellow author, Mason Bushell visit my blog today to share her experience of mapping the scenes of chapters in her writing. Thank you so much for visiting, Mason and for sharing your writing tips with me and my readers today.

To have a balanced well written story it’s essential to map it out. You can of course do this as you go. A better approach is to complete your map before you begin writing. My method is a story skeleton, as follows

  1. Begin with the synopsis. Usually no more than a page of work that outlines the main story from start to finish. This gives a firm base from which to build the full story.
  2. Next start the skeleton by writing out each chapter number and bulleting sections, 1-3 beneath each heading. Note; ‘Twenty to twenty five chapters tends to get you…

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Holly’s Service Guide.

Hello, Everybody, I’m Holly Ward, Head Waitress of the Workhouse Restaurant. I wanted to give you a little insight into giving great service as a waitress or waiter in any food establishment. To do the job as professionally and respectfully as possible goes far beyond taking an order. It begins with knowing a lot of... Continue Reading →

Xylorica’s Gift

A great short story from a special author in Mara A Miller.

Mara A. Miller

This is a short story I wrote a few months ago. I originally had parts of it written for another creative writing class but I lost it, so this is completely new. This is a glimpse into some of my writing outside of my usual New Adult comfort zone, so enjoy!

Xylorcia’s Gift

THE STENCH OF LIVESTOCK AND UNWASHED MEN became fouler the last hour of travel. Prince Artenance had a day left before reaching the village of Pryka with his caravan. His stallion, Shadow, had seen the Fairy River and launched a rebellion amongst the sheep, goats, and cows by nearly throwing Artenance for a traitorous sip of cool water.

“Are you considering pushing through the night, Art?” Said his second, Evander Heron.

Artenance crumpled the letter Evander had stolen from the King’s messenger crow. “I haven’t decided yet.”

“We should heed the Elder’s warnings about traveling in…

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Secrets and Knowledge

Presenting my 750 word challenge story for the above picture by photographer Shao Feng. This challenge was set by Miranda Kate, please find her on twitter @PurpleQueenNL The challenge is part of her #midweekflash game on Facebook, and the link is below the story. Enjoy. Secrets and Knowledge Studying to be a historian, put twenty-five-year-old... Continue Reading →

The House

A 250 word flash fiction about the draw of dreams. I had to come here to this house although its occupants were a mystery. I’d never been to the house with white-washed, Georgian walls, before it happened. Yet I had to come here. I had to find out what drew me to it. I had... Continue Reading →

Smoked Haddock, Brandade

There's something special about a beautiful piece of fresh smoked fish. The smell the texture and flavour simply divine when bought from the fishmonger straight of the smoker. Or even better smoked in your own smoker if you could be so lucky. This recipe takes that beautiful piece of fish and ordains it with a... Continue Reading →

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