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Written Words—A blog for all communicators

Secrets in an old wallet

I have been stuck for quite a long time in the writing of the third installment of the trilogy based on my father-in-law’s life, Walking Out of War. Until I pulled a little slip of paper out of a tattered, old wallet and broke the logjam by putting the subject of my story, Maurice Bury, […]

Get your leash ready to walk the big dog — on Facebook

Get to more about your favourite books, characters and their authors Sydney Rye and her big dog, Blue, are among the most popular characters in fiction today. They’re the stars of eight novels and one novella by their creator, Emily Kimelman, as well as six novellas by other authors in the Sydney Rye Kindle World […]

Come to a party with me

November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Chat with authors — get free books — win Amazon gift cards On Monday, November 21, I’ll be joining six other authors in the Walking the Giant Dog Facebook party, and I want you to come with me. All the authors who have published books in the Sydney Rye Kindle […]

A Hallowe’en treat: A free short story

The Graveyard A few years ago, I published a short story called “The Mandrake Ruse,” which is the first instalment in Dark Clouds, a novel that I would write as a series of episodes or short stories. The story of the witch queen and her son, the only man immune to magic, it became minor […]

How can you not be inspired by fall?

Autumn is my favourite season. I love the cool air and the lower light come as such a relief after the heat and humidity of the summer — especially this past summer with its long drought. And of course, the colours of the leaves. I’ve heard people say “Fall is the season when everything dies.” […]

What do commercial publishers really want from new writers? Not what they tell us

Surfing social media a few weeks ago, I came across a reference to an article from Penguin Random House, one of the Big 5 worldwide publishers called “What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page.” It was advice for writers who wanted to have their manuscripts published by a big commercial publisher like one […]