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The werewolf of Sorrow Hall

This idea tickled me so much I took it as a writing prompt: Okay but now I want to do an anthology of SFF pulp stories that all begin with a college lit prof in a bad marriage in love with his student. In one story, she's a succubus. In another, she's a serial killer. In another, they're abducted by aliens. Title: THE KING OF SORROW HALL. — Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) March 9, 2018 I knew instantly what kind of story she was talking about, because I was once a young female lit student. I never had any male…

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How to Write a Book Review – Easy-Peasy

Our own Love Witch/Ms Witch, Jasmine Silvera shared her quick-n-dirty guide to book and story reviews with us. We’re delighted to share it with everyone. Review Writing Cheat Sheet* Be specific Focus on one thing you liked: “I enjoyed the mature relationship built on respect!” Short and Sweet A useful review can be the length of a tweet. Remember “Designer Imposter” Perfume? Comparisons to other books or authors are a great way to help sub-genre lovers: “If you like Ilona Andrews, try this book!” “Negative” Reviews can be Helpful Too Don’t be afraid to say what didn’t work. Being specific…

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Overthinking Duran Duran lyrics: Planet Earth

Two of the Witches – Julie and Lindsey – got to see Duran Duran (pop-funk-new wave-new romantic-fancy hair rock gods of our youth) in concert recently. We sang along at top volume until we were hoarse. We knew ALL the lyrics. But we realized, as we listened to the words coming out of our own mouths, that Duran Duran lyrics are frequently bananapants. Lindsey Witch: I mean, what exactly is the Union of the Snake? Why is it on the rise? Julie Witch: I always pictured a caduceus. You know, that doctors’ symbol? I didn’t know why he was singing about…

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Witches January Roundup! How do you start your writing year?

Lindsey: Writing Resolutions: I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, per se. I find they fill me with guilt and shame – and as Daniel José Older tells us, guilt and shame about writing are a good way to talk yourself out of writing. So instead of a resolution, I have a goal. The goal is to write the story. How I get there doesn’t have to be perfect, and isn’t about “Writing Every Day.” It’s about letting myself remember that I love to write. This past year plus I’ve been fighting through a writing funk — fueled by sadness…

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Write like the wind! Secrets of winning NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo with The Bloody Sun and the Black Moon! I reached word count last Monday (November 20, 2017) which is a good thing, since I never get anything written when I’m visiting my family, which I did for Thanksgiving this year. Actually, unless I’m specifically attending a writing retreat, I never really get any writing done when I’m traveling, period. Which is one of those things I want to make note of, and plan around. This is the third year in a row that I’ve hit word count and I believe I have Annie Bellet to thank. At…

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Witches NaNoWriMo Roundup!

Who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year? What’s your project? Aynjel: I opted for an alternate NaNoWriMo this year because I’m deep enough in an existing project that I didn’t want to sideline it for a month to start something new.  So this year, NaNoWriMo is that last big push to get to THE END of my Jem & The Holograms meets Rollerball-inspired novel.  Going into November, I had 80k down, and felt like I had 40k left to go.  If I finish the draft, that’s my personal NaNo goal met, but there’s still that pesky bar chart with (probably) another 10k…

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Happy Halloween from the Word Witches!

Halloween is a good witchy time to celebrate our website, and give it our full attention. After a big, busy summer, we’re ready to start witching in earnest, so we’re kicking things off on the witches’ favorite holiday! We are a small coven of creative individuals, who admire and want to promote each other. We enjoy nerding-out about creative endeavors; our own and those of others! Traditionally, those accused of witchcraft were considered outsiders or outspoken in some way. Women who were loud, people who bucked the norm. As writers and creative people, we think it’s important to be outspoken,…

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The Howling

I rewatched this after having positive memories of seeing it on television long ago. Plot recap: Dee Wallace is Karen, a TV news anchorwoman in LA who has been getting messages from a serial killer who is obsessed with her. She agrees to meet with him, while wearing a wire, in the hope that she can bust him. But the wire doesn’t function and instead she is shadowed by a couple of cops. The killer lures her to a porno movie booth (through a happy face sticker device that is pretty creepy) and says disturbing killer-y things. When she screams,…

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Note to self: Does your novel have the same flaws as Crimson Peak?

Last year, I finished most of a draft of the sequel to Waking Up Naked In Strange Places (working title: Stripping Down to Scars). For a while I set it aside, because I was caught up in doing things related to the published novel, but during the Clarion West Write-a-Thon I decided to get back to it. I read what I had written. And… …it wasn’t good. To tell you. the truth, it was kinda boring. There was a lot going on, but no sense of urgency. It was somehow missing that fundamental spark that makes something a story instead…

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