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Author Aspirations

Around the war memorial are roses. They form a thicket. So overgrown that they suffocate the grass. Their blooms are white, rolled tight like paper. They rustle. Dawn is breaking. Soon it will be day. Every morning, as he cycles... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again." "Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?" "Yes. I want to ruin you." "Good," I said. "That's what I want too.” -Ernest... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

“We live in time - it holds us and molds us - but I never felt I understood it very well. And I'm not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel... Continue Reading →

Author Aspirations

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. - Sarah Williams

Author Aspirations

I have an entire forest living inside of me, and you have carved your initials into every tree. -Pavana

Authors to Aspire Towards

I must go down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,... Continue Reading →

The Girl Next Door is All Grown Up

Falling in love with the boy next door has been done a million times- but that doesn't mean we need to throw out the cliche altogether. Give this over used plot line a twist to liven it up a bit.... Continue Reading →

Authors to Aspire Towards

Under the Harvest Moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers. - Carl Sandburg  

Authors to Aspire Towards

But the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass... and listen for a reply. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

Blur the distinction between personal identity and work and you might come up with something similar to the painting here. Maybe a character of yours might identify with this woman's struggle to find herself in an industrialized world.   image:... Continue Reading →

Paradoxes and Parody: What is your take on this character?

A touch of Atticus Finch mingled with an air of misplaced self importance, this portrait creates an uneasy caricature of a pompous man. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey's Mr. Molesley, I can't believe that this man's practiced scarf arrangement and daintily... Continue Reading →

What a Tangled Web we Weave

The victorians had a penchant for spiders. For luck, a spider was often embroidered on quilts and dresses. What we now consider creepy and sinister, the victorians held a peculiar attraction for. It is no secret that the victorians had... Continue Reading →

Some are building Castles in the Sky, while other’s castles are Sinking in the Sea

I can just imagine a grand kingdom slowly sinking into ruin, just as their castles sink into the sea. Imagine your character's castles in the sky. How might they look if they were honestly portrayed in your writing? I imagine... Continue Reading →

Collector of Stars

My mind is immediately drawn to Dumbledore's Deluminator when I see this image. But take it beyond obvious associations. Why is this man collecting the stars? Perhaps they are fuel to power some futuristic machine. Perhaps they are wishes he... Continue Reading →

The 4 Basic Human Concepts that your Character Needs to Address

I can't quite decide whether this library more closely resembles a cathedral or parliament. Throw your characters into the midst of this room and they will feel awed to be sure. But who they are on the inside will determine whether... Continue Reading →

To see a world in an orb of glass…

As a writer, we play a voyeuristic role in our characters lives. Chasing after them, recording their actions, we keep a close eye on them. The above image puts into images your feelings of putting your character under glass, watching them... Continue Reading →

Fit for a King

Whether you need an accurate reference for your historical novel, or inspiration for a fantasy realm, use this chart to add some bling to your writing.

Little Shop of Wonders

An actual shop in Paris, this little cave like room is brimming with eclectic oddities. As a present day setting, this shop provides a refuge to the rush of modern life. What would your character feel as he stepped foot... Continue Reading →

Piecing together the Past

There is something so interesting about a relic of the past that has been cast aside and forgotten. The questions are endless: Who lived here? Why did they leave? Was there a war, a famine? Why did no one move... Continue Reading →

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