No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on No Wasted Ink: Welcome back to another Monday of writer’s links. This week I was back to finding general writing articles for you, but I’ve thrown in a historical piece that you might find interesting and another notebook article. Sit back and relax and put your reading groove on. These 5 Rules…

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Dialogue Tags – Again #wwwblogs #writingtips #amwriting

Alison Williams Writing


This is a subject I’ve written about several times in the past, but it is an issue I keep coming back to, time and time again.

I’m a huge fan of self-publishing and of independent authors. I’ve read some absolutely amazing books by indie authors and have worked with some amazing authors that have self-published. There are so many great indie authors out there and many that are as good as, if not better than, traditionally published authors.

However, one thing that sets apart the majority of (but by no means all) traditionally published authors from some self-published authors and authors published by small presses is the proliferation of complicated dialogue tags in the work of the latter two. Now, I’m not saying it’s all indie authors that do this, but there is a lot of it about, and it’s usually a sign of an author who hasn’t had their…

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My Brother’s Coming Home

For some, a stroll down memory lane…


Nurse, mother with baby
and big brother,
stand outside the bleak,
utilitarian Ronkswood hospital.
Big brother, a little boy, is excited; it’s time
to take his brother home.

‘Look at his tiny hand, Mum.
‘Why’s he wrapped like that?
‘When will he start talking?
‘Does he cry a lot?
‘Dad says he’ll be sleeping
‘and won’t want me playing trains.
‘Is that right, Mum? Can I, can I
‘play with trains again?’

‘He won’t be playing trains with you
‘for quite a long while yet,
‘but he’ll need his big brother,
‘and look, see what he’s got?
‘There’s a little tiny gift
‘that he’s brought along for you.
‘Can you see what it is yet?
‘An engine, royal blue.’

Polly Stretton © 2017
Written for the George Marshall Medical Museum, Worcester Royal Hospital

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20 Symptoms of Writeritis

Myths of the Mirror

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This 2-yr-old post was one of my most popular, and for those who missed it, I once again share the symptoms of this incurable condition.


As some of you know, a pervasive syndrome has troubled a segment of society for centuries. After years of research, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders finally classified these symptoms under the diagnosis: Writeritis. 

Writeritis is defined as a persistent, maladaptive pattern of writing that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by six (or more) of the following within a single month:

  1. A marked craving for increased amounts of writing, and longer periods of time to write.

  2. An unquenchable thirst for coffee.

  3. Repeated efforts to cut down or control word count are unsuccessful.

  4. Withdrawal occurs when writing is discontinued or suddenly reduced. Symptoms include shakiness, moodiness, and/or irritability.

  5. A tendency to rapidly relapse into extreme patterns of excessive rewriting – even after…

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Kilroy: Can he get your vote?

Dear Human Resources Manager: I am applying for the position of President of the United States. Please find attached my resume. I’ve seen this ad running for several months now and I conclude that you have been unsuccessful in locating a suitable candidate. I believe I have the skills, experience and sheer ruthlessness to be […]

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Alternative archaeology

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

12 Ravenstone and lunch (25)

Mary Smith wrote in the comments of Going West – Walking with Angels,“Can’t help but notice there is a lot of shadowing going on in your most recent posts and am wondering where you are leading us?” I spent a while writing a response as long as a blog post before I took the hint…

The ‘shadowing’ that Mary refers to is the apparent… and disputed… reproduction in the stone of many ancient monuments of prominent features in the landscape. A monolith in a stone circle that aligns with and captures the shape of a nearby peak… the capstone of a tomb that follows the contours of the horizon… and in some places, whole arrangements of stone that seem to mirror, in miniature, the skyline of the land in which it stands.

stonehenge 003There are many who dismiss the idea as fanciful. There are many who speculate upon the unlikelihood…

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43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make…

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When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education?

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others.

But even the most educated people often unknowingly make common writing and speaking flubs.

Check out this long list of ubiquitous grammar mistakes.

Guarantee: You’ll either learn something new or find a few of your biggest pet peeves here.

And likely, you’ll find fault with my own use of the English language.

I welcome your thoughts, critiques, and insults in the comments.)

See the list at:

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes

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Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) — Art, Literature

Forget About Me by Pablo Neruda Among the things the sea throws up, let us hunt for the most petrified, violet claws of crabs, little skulls of dead fish, smooth syllables of wood, small countries of mother-of-pearl; let us look for what the sea undid insistently, carelessly, what it broke up and abandoned, and left […]

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Smorgasbord Laughter Academy – A Writer’s Life or Words to that effect!

Thank you Sally! This is just the medicine I needed after last nights race to launch a new blog,

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

A few snippets on the subject of our chosen like of work…..

Great Expectations

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.When asked to define “Great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

English Professor

“In English,” he said, “A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

And if you are looking for inspiration for your next novel’s title.

A Clifftop Tragedy  by Eileen Dover.

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Mon Dieu, J’Accuse — Dark Matter

Did you mean to drop your entire meaning for us before us in our quiet moments as if they were held in a holy sphinx carved from hard sugar into such clear water that we could not help seeing it dissolve so swiftly that we ended up with a permanent ghost unsettled in our memory as […]

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