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NaNoWriMo 2015 Ends

NaNoWriMo 2015 has finished. So how did it go? Well… I made it halfway there, passing the 25,000 word threshold. Not bad considering I switched novels partway through. Five days in, I decided that working on novel six in my Syracuse mystery series was not going to work. It was starting out too disjointed and… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 48

Might this month’s writing challenge summon thoughts of Victorian gentlemen sitting beside a roaring fire, reading a tome, and smoking a pipe? Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and… Read More ›

National Novel Writing Month 2015

NaNoWriMo begins today! Have you started writing your novel? It’s that time of year when writers take up the challenge to write a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  From Sunday, November 1 until 11:59:59 on Monday, November 30, all budding writers are encouraged to tackle writing a novel (50,000 words minimum… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 47

What direction will your writing take in the coming months? Who or what will be your guide? Is it the hand of fate? Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 46

What whispers are heard among the stalks? What secrets are found within? You decide in this month’s writing challenge! Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and write a scene,… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 45

It’s time for the second of two summer-themed Writing Challenges! Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and write a scene, a short story, a chapter, a novella, or maybe… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 44

It’s time for the first of two summer-themed Writing Challenges! Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and write a scene, a short story, a chapter, a novella, or maybe… Read More ›

Hosting a Murder Mystery IV

Setting the Scene. In 2008, I hosted two murder mystery parties. I talked about them a bit in my last post, Hosting a Murder Mystery III. Since then, I’ve planned and plotted three to four a year, often tapping my existing novels or stories as the basis of the game. What better way to test… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 43

Delve behind bars for this month’s Writing Challenge! Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and write a scene, a short story, a chapter, a novella, or maybe even a… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 42

It’s time for a Writing Challenge! Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity.  Such images, because of their visual nature, vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the image below and write a scene, a short story, a chapter, a novella, or maybe even a novel.  Consider… Read More ›

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