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Dorothy’s Shoes By Natascha Tallowin Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

She arrived on the eve of the carnival, weaving her way amongst the crowds of flushed faces. Content continues after advertisement She hovered for the briefest of moments, casting a dark curious eye across the cacophony of sugar coated confectionary, before stopping slowly to pin a small hand-penned notice to …

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How Authentic is too Authentic?

Image by Flickr user Queen Acid A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me a message about a book he’d just finished reading. “This book was terrible,” he said. “It was an urban fantasy novel, and the story was good, but the protagonist was just awful. The author’s name …

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» The Night Bus by Erin Lawless Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

He normally got the N155 to Elephant back home, but on that night his feet were hurting more than usual, the drizzle lying hoary on his hair, turning him to grey. The N333 is sat in the bay as he approaches, indicators flashing and doors closing as it goes to …

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Three Ways to Discover Your Character’s True Motivation

Please welcome Jim Dempsey back to Writer Unboxed today, this time as our newest regular contributor! Jim is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and works as a book editor at a company called Novel Gazing. In his own words, Jim tells us that: I’ve been editing …

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» The Visitor by James A Ford Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

“My home,” she said, indicating the contents of the plywood shack with a delicate sweep of her hand. Content continues after advertisement “It’s nice,” I lied, knowing she knew it wasn’t but not wanting to give offense. “Sit,” she said, pointing to an ancient sofa with springs poking through the …

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The Close-Up Connection

Flickr Creative Commons: Sam Leighton “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard  I’m a big fan of film noir. I love Noir Alley on TCM, hosted by Eddie Muller (The Czar of Noir). He does such a great job dishing inside info on …

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» What She Gave Up by Jake Wickenhofer Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

He takes his pencil and sketches a few rough lines on the paper. The swift motion of his hand makes black streaks across the white. He brushes the hair from his eyes and bites his lower lip. From over his shoulder, I watch this master at work. My brother is …

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How NaNoWriMo Helps Creativity Soar

I’m 10,000 feet in the air. I’m in an airplane. I hate to fly, but I’m not paying much attention to that. I’m much more consumed with what’s waiting on my laptop. Why? Because NaNoWriMo. I have over 10,000 words to write in the next five days. Disclaimer: There are …

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Dissecting Tell the Wolves I’m Home

It is possible that, at the 2016 Writer Unboxed UnConference, every presenter quoted or referred to Carol Rifka Brunt’s novel Tell the Wolves I’m Home, so it was a natural for the WU Breakout Novel Dissectors (BND) group to tackle–one year later, we finally have.  Standard Disclaimers and Explanations: There …

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