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Censorship ~ Did you ever wonder who blacked out those letters?

Pacific Paratrooper


There was some censoring in the Civil War because letters sometimes had to cross enemy lines. Most of the censoring came from the prisoner-of-war camps. For example, if someone was writing a letter from Andersonville [a Confederate prison camp where many Union soldiers starved] those at the camp didn’t want people to know what was happening, so the prisoners wouldn’t be allowed to say anything bad about a camp. The first heavy censorship of U.S. soldiers took place during World War I
The censors were looking out for two things in World War I and World War II. They didn’t want the soldier to say anything that would be of value to the enemy, such as where they were. They always wanted to camouflage how strong the troops were. “Loose lips sink ships” was the phrase that was very prevalent in WW II and that was the theory in WW…

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Best fiction and writing blogs

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

Jack London
The best fiction and writing blog posts from around the ‘net, all guaranteed to make you a literary adventurer. Compiled by jack.

Ed A. MurrayWhere I find my inspiration to write
Alicia GaileAdding Flavor To Your Characters
Lissa PelzerTop 5 Writing Tips
J. McSpaddenThe Word Magician, the Story Wizard
Melissa TriplettFinding and Organizing Your Story Ideas
Sonyo EstavilloFocusing on the right details
Didi OviattFocusing on content over word count
Jan M. FlynnAvoiding the Draft
Sy & JeiSy & Jei’s Five Writing Tips

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Who’s ruining the job market?

Life Unscripted

I don’t think much about looking for a job anymore.  Oh, when we walk through Walmart, which isn’t all that often, I see the greeters and give thanks that I don’t ‘need’ a job to survive.  About the only thing I ever buy from McDonalds is a senior coffee when we’re on the road, and I see plenty of seniors schlepping orders over the counter. Our grand-kid has her job, the family are employed as much as they want, the job market isn’t big on my radar.

So it came as an interesting surprise when I came across an article on CNN about U.S. companies hiring immigrant workers when they had U.S. workers applying for the same jobs. It stopped me long enough to click on the article and read it.  (If you click on the photo it will take you to the article.

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What I learned was…

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How to Write a Thank You Note (and why you should)

Source: How to Write a Thank You Note (and why you should)

Why You Should Be Reading Flash Fiction

A Writer's Path

by Kyle Massa

Just like the name implies, flash fiction is short enough to read in an instant. But if you’re not reading it, here’s why you should be.

Opinions vary on how long a flash fiction piece should be. Some markets say 300 words max, some say 500, others say 1,000. Whatever the case may be, flash fiction has to be really short—which is not to say incomplete. Rather, many flash pieces still have the elements of traditional literature (character, plot, conflict, setting), only they’re condensed. Think of them like shorter short stories.

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writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all optionally answer the monthly question or post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

JANUARY 4TH QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

“Show don’t tell” comes to mind, not because it’s a bad rule, more because it’s quoted ad nauseum. How about ‘Huck Finn meets Les Miserables‘ (you fill in both sides of the equation). Or ‘deep dive‘ to describe a thorough description.

How about ‘as unlikely as a bus hitting you in the shower while being attacked by a shark‘. This is used to describe…

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15 Tips for Writing Poetry


poetry 2Since I’m participating in A to Z next month, I have to get the word out early that April is National Poetry Month.

Poetry is not something I’m good at writing so I enjoy it vicariously through online friends like this amazing poem by Diana over at Myths of the Mirror or Andrew’s (at Andrew’s View of the Week) poem about the River. I’ve been following them for several years and always find their poetry startlingly personal, quick peeks into a world ruled by emotion and heart. I’m way too structured for that so only enjoy it through someone else’s eyes.

To honor April’s National Poetry Month, here are fifteen tips from those who have no trouble delivering this concise-but-pithy form of writing:

  • avoid cliches. Too often, they are unoriginal thoughts on a subject. Instead of using these pre-packaged descriptions, create your own. Instead of:

Her scowl looked…

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