Craft Monday: Has your muse taken a hike?

We’ve all faced them – those blank pages we know we have to fill but our minds aren’t cooperating. The brilliant ideas that woke us from our dreams, that interrupted while we were driving or watching TV have vanished. Even if we scribbled them down somewhere, they don’t seem as brilliant as they did in Read more about Craft Monday: Has your muse taken a hike?[…]

Meet Leah St. James

Leah St. James says she writes stories of mystery and suspense, good and evil, and the redeeming power of love. Her latest is “Blood Moon” which will appear in our Halloween anthology, “Mysteries of the Macabre.” Q. Tell us about “Blood Moon.” A. It’s a short story about a book reviewer who reads a true Read more about Meet Leah St. James[…]

Meet Alicia Dean

At Edward Allen, we want you to get to know our authors. Each week we’ll profile one of our authors and try to dig into the story behind the story, a bit.   Please meet Alicia Dean, author of “Scarred” from our upcoming Halloween anthology, “Mysteries of the Macabre.”   Q. “Scarred” is about a Read more about Meet Alicia Dean[…]

Mother stories go for the gut

In my last post, I argued that in the ultimate show-down between writing and story, the story wins the prize as the more vital component of story-telling. It is the story, after all, that interests people, not writing. You can be the most technically proficient writer on the planet, or the most eloquent, and still Read more about Mother stories go for the gut[…]

The story’s the story – what makes you sit up and notice?

I recently read a group discussion among writers and editors that asked whether readers cared more about creative prose or an engaging story. The vast majority of respondents chose the story over the prose, and my first reaction was surprise. Without good writing, I said to myself, the story is lost. But after thinking about Read more about The story’s the story – what makes you sit up and notice?[…]

Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard

About a month ago I sat down with Edward Allen author Elvy Howard, in her lovely Virginia home, to talk about her new (debut) release, “Love on a Half Shell.” “Love on a Half Shell” tells the story of thirty-something Rae Green (single, no children) who is called one night to take custody of her Read more about Audio chat with debut novelist Elvy Howard[…]

The written form of English is . . . weird

I spent the bulk of the past weekend proofreading, a task that made me not only question every grammar rule I’ve ever learned, but my own sanity. Maybe the cause was my backwards reading, from back to front, so I could pick up errors (and not get caught up in the story). In my fervor Read more about The written form of English is . . . weird[…]

Voice – love me, love me not!

I’ve been commenting these past few weeks about a writer’s voice – the qualities that (in my opinion) make a voice strong or unique. While we work hard to define and refine our voices, it’s also important to remember that any writer’s voice will be pleasing to some, and not so pleasing to others. Some Read more about Voice – love me, love me not![…]

Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy

I know, I know…. Cliché , cliché, cliché! But sometimes the clichés best express exactly what we mean, which is the case for what I want to talk about today:  honesty in voice. It’s the next installment of what I believe are the components of compelling voice in writing and character development. You know how Read more about Honesty (in voice) really is the best policy[…]