Flash Fiction Challenge: The Four-Part Story (Final Part)

Aaaaand, FINAL ROUND. Go, visit the page for Part Three of this challenge. Once again we return to the four-part story you’re all choatically cumulatively writing. Your task is to go to the comments of that link above, find the third part of a continued story, and then continue it by writing the fourth and final part of that story. Meaning: it’s time to write the ending. You have another 1000 words to do this. Make sure to identify which story you are continuing and who the writer was. Do not continue your own story. Definitely do end this... Read The Rest →

Marion Grace Woolley: Five Things I Learned Writing Those Rosy Hours At Mazandaran

It begins with a rumour, an exciting whisper — anything to break the tedium of the harem for Afsar, the Shah’s eldest daughter. A trader knows of a wondrous circus. Traveling with it is a man with a face so vile it would make a hangman faint, but a voice as sweet as an angel’s kiss. He is a master of illusion and stealth. A masked performer, known only as Vachon.  On her birthday, the Shah gifts Afsar the circus. She is captivated by Vachon, and they are swiftly bound together... Read The Rest →

Dave White: Five Things I Learned Writing Not Even Past

Finally, Jackson Donne has it figured out. After leaving the private investigation business, he’s looking toward the future — and getting married to Kate Ellison. Donne is focused on living the good life — planning the wedding, finishing college, and anticipating a Hawaiian honeymoon — until he receives an anonymous email with a link and an old picture of him on the police force. Once Donne clicks the link, nothing else in his life matters. Donne sees a live-stream of the one thing he never expected. Six years ago, his... Read The Rest →

Gareth L. Powell: A Trilogy Of Things I Learned Writing A Trilogy

Writing a trilogy is tricky business. I just finished writing my first official one (the Heartland series, with The Harvest being the final book coming out in July), and I’m still not sure how to codify it, yet. So when Gareth said he’d like to take the bullet, hey, who am I to stop him? So, here he is to talk about what it takes to write a trilogy: * * * January 2015 saw the UK and US release of Macaque Attack from Solaris Books, the third novel in a... Read The Rest →

In Which I Answer Why Adults Read So Much Young Adult Fiction

The Guardian asks the riveting, entirely original, never-before asked question: “Why are so many adults reading YA and teen fiction?” And I, alone, have the answer. Me. The brave one. Who plumbs the depths none would dare. I have done rigorous scientific testing with beakers. I have traveled the earth and gone in many caves. I have fought three bears. I have consumed exotic poisons. I have even been a teenager once, maybe, probably, I dunno. And the answer is – *reveals envelope* *opens envelope* *a smaller version of me... Read The Rest →

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