Posted in Longer Posts, Short Stories, Words, Writing

A Single Arrow: Chapter 2 of 5

Finally, the long-awaited (long-awaited by me, at least, if anyone) part two of A Single Arrow!

If you haven’t read chapter 1, or even if you have — it was posted in early February — click here to read it first so that you know what’s going on. It’s not too long, and it’s more interesting than a summary. But I understand that you probably didn’t come here to go down a rabbit hole of links, so here is a summary of part 1.

Click to read a summary of Chapter 1.

Teya Redstone is the royal executioner/assassin for the medieval fantasy country of Tharland. She loves drawing and was raised with her older brother, Rian, by a maid named Emme.

Rian committed a crime that is unclear in Chapter 1, and has been sentenced to execution. But that means Teya faces the choice of executing her brother… or being executed herself for a job badly done.

During the execution, Rian chooses to be executed by bow and arrow, an unpopular choice among criminals. Teya has been driven to near insanity with the decision, but finally releases the bowstring. But she misses by inches at the same time that Emme runs in and tries to convince the council (this country’s version of a royal family) to spare Teya the burden of executing her brother. Her argument fails, and she and Rian are sent to the dungeon. Teya is confined to her small bedroom, where she stays up late into the night and makes an escape plan.

Now for Chapter 2.

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Posted in Life's Thoughts & Reflections, Longer Posts, Other, Short Stories, Tips, Words, Writing

The 10 Best Writing Tips I’ve Learned

What is good writing?

A question without a simple answer.

I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.

Red pen lying beside a page of writing with some markings and corrections.
If you are interested in this post, stay tuned!

Also!


I decided to try something new, so coming soon is a helpful infographic: An Editing Checklist for Fantastical Hobbyists.

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Three Line Tales 262 – Road

The thunder echoed across the barren land, a monstrous gray cloud loomed overhead.

She squinted out the car window at the woman, who kept her foot slammed on the gas pedal and screamed through the rain, “We’re in this together!”

She nodded in agreement before turning back to the road cracked and worn by lightning and muttered, “That’s what you think.”

Posted in Longer Posts, Short Stories, Tiny Tales, Words, Writing

Tiny Tale Bundle #14

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

A silhouette of two people in camping chairs watching a sunset, a tree next to them. The main colors are red and black.
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Tiny Tale Bundle #13

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

Spiflicate

treat roughly or severely; destroy.

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Tiny Tale Bundle #12

Tiny Tale Thursday Friday

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

But! Every 12 TTBs (it was going to be ten, but I forgot to do it on the 10th one :P), a new type of prompt is introduced. So far, there have been word prompts (1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11) and photo prompts (2, 4, 5, 7, 10), and now I am introducing… Tiny Tale Journals!

Tiny Tale Journals are a variation of Tiny Tales. For them, you can either use yourself, a fictional character, or someone else in real life (i.e., a historical figure you know a lot about). This is a great exercise to get to know your characters better if you are writing a novel. The prompt will be a question or a few words, and, like a journal entry, you will write either three or one answer(s) to it, depending on whether you are doing a bundle or just one. The 100-word limit remains the same. Saying whether it is your own experience or someone else’s, real or fictional, is optional. Either way, the entries are to be written in first-person POV (I, we, me, my). A summary of this paragraph will be added to the Tiny Tale Bundles Rules.

The prompt today is…

What is/are your goal(s)?

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Tiny Tale Bundle #11

Tiny Tale Thursday Friday

Tiny Tale Bundles Rules:

  • There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
  • Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
  • The word limit is one hundred words.
  • If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
  • If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
  • Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
  • Optional: display the word count.

The prompt today is…

Measly

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