Cubicles: The Killer of Creativity


I once worked in a beautiful space. We each had our own corner with our desks facing each other in a circle. And one wall was a full window, letting in the sun’s positive rays into our creativity and productivity.

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That all changed.

Without notice, our workspace was dungeoned into a labyrinth of cubicles, walling us off into prisons of shadows and social alienation.

No, I’m not being dramatic.

The decision, crafted in the royal room of the castle, didn’t take into consideration what happens in this precious workspace. But who has the gold (or shiny title) makes the rules, so the order to build Cubicle City commenced, while the supervisor guards leading the way chant, “this isn’t my fault. I don’t have a say.”

Not holding a grudge at all.

No courtesy email explaining the change was sent. No meeting explaining why the change was held. In fact, the…

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World’s Shortest Book Marketing Plan…

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by Joel Friedlander  on The Book Designer site:

Welcome to the world of book publishing. When you decided to self-publish you became an author-publisher, and that implies a higher level of seriousness and responsibility than someone just messing around by putting a book out.

That’s why you need a plan for how to sell your book, even before you publish it. What you need is a marketing plan.

Trouble is, it’s time consuming to try to figure out how to create your own marketing plan, and costly if you try to get someone else to do it for you. That’s why many authors simply skip it.

However, studies show that the more you put into marketing your book, the more books you’re likely to sell.

So here is one solution, my pared-down, super-time-saving, and, in fact, the: 

World’s Shortest Book Marketing Plan

(Just because it’s short doesn’t mean it…

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Want to have your work published? I wrote a thing that might help

Mel Gough

This weekend I attended the Nine Worlds Convention in London and got to chair a panel, From Fanfic to Book Contract and Beyond. While this is a terrifying prospect for an introvert, I think it went rather well. Many thanks to all attendees, and to the organisers to make this happen!

During the panel, I mentioned a document I pulled together. In it, I list (and ramble about) all the resources I’ve been using in the last few years to help launch my writing career. If you’re looking to do the same, you can find the document here: Mel’s Resources for Writers Who Want to Go Pro.

I hope it’s of use to some of you. And because the WWW is truly bottomless I’m already working on the next list of resources. Stay tuned!

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Unreliable Narrator

Kristen Poli

5afdbdea6cc6a977f741dda64897c4b6Have you ever read a story from the villain’s point of view? Ever tried to write one? What about a narrator that doesn’t tell the reader all of the truth? The narrator may not lie, not really, but they may not tell the reader everything that they know…

An unreliable narrator is just as it sounds — a narrator that the reader cannot rely on to tell all that they know. Narrators, either in first or third person, typically are the reader’s eyes into the world of the story. We see what the narrator sees, hear what they hear, remember what they remember. The narrator’s emotions are, generally, what the reader is supposed to feel while following the narrator through the story. This empathy is what keeps a reader invested in the book.

It’s difficult for a reader to empathize with the narrator if the narrator is unreliable.

Figuring out…

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What is your book going to be about?

Author Don Massenzio

Author Stephen King once said that the question he is asked most is where his ideas come from. This quote is the answer he usually gives:


When he’s been in a more snarky mood he has said that he has a magic box in his basement where ideas appear and when he wants to write a book, he just goes and grabs one.

That being said, not all of us have the fertile mind of Stephen King so where can we get our ideas. Many of my ideas have come from these sources.

headlines1. Use News Headlines

I’ve written many short stories and a couple of books by perusing the news headlines. My first published short story, Heal Thyself, came from a headline that I read and then embellished into a ‘what if’ scenario.

I used this piece as a way to overcome getting stuck while writing the novel…

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How To Find Your Lost Writer’s Muse #SundayBlogShare #ASMSG #Writer


This year my writer’s muse has gone missing in action A LOT! When I get a spare moment I will be checking her contract because I don’t believe I hired her to:

  • Disappear for weeks on end with no note or clue as to where she is going.
  • Return whenever she feels like it, usually in the small hours when I am fast asleep and cuddling my Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook of 2017.
  • Tempt and tease me with an array of delicious story ideas and then at about eight thousand words vanish.

When your writer’s muse runs off it can be quite scary. The door to your writer’s brain becomes locked and no matter how hard you try you can’t access your box of creative ideas, piles of plot threads and character warehouse. Your days become filled with staring at a bit of blank paper, wiping away a tear whilst…

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What the hell is a ‘hybrid author’?

The Cat's Write

Yes, of course I poached Chuck Wendig’s brilliance from his article of the exact same name. But, to my credit, I did change my title slightly to reflect my amazing originality.

In a similar fashion to Wendig (God I am a poacher today), when I first came across the term ‘hybrid author’ I pictured something a little less than normal. For me, it was a science fiction writer with wings, a thick outer armour, an extra set of hands and the ability to never sleep. And I don’t know, maybe yellow eyes and vivid green dragon scales.

Realising my interpretation might be a tad fantastical, I sat down and did a bit of critical and creative reasoning (a.k.a terribleminds via google) and figured out that hybrid authors are pretty f—– brilliant.  Not only have they figured out that the publishing industry is changing at a rapid pace, but they have taken steps to…

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Out of the Fog

North Sound Writers


By: Linette Morgan

AS FAR AS I can remember, I’ve only died once.

I remember turning to our friends, Mitchell and Jennifer. They were leaning against the bumper of Georgie’s car, kissing. He touched my cheekbone, bringing my attention back to him.

“You got a little too much sun today.”

“Well, we won’t need to worry about that for long. Do you see the fog coming in, darling?”

“Mitchell!” He called to his best friend and pointed to the Pacific. “Let’s pack up. If we leave now, we can make it back to The Valley before we get socked in.”

A frenzy followed as we shoved towels, blankets and picnic baskets into the trunk.

I didn’t notice right away that I’d forgotten my sweater laying in the sand. I didn’t notice that until a little later. But now, the sun was setting and the fingers of fog were grasping at…

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