Category: Non-fiction

writer, poet, narrator, artist

Book Review: Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry

Throw Star Trek, My Little Pony and all the social critique you can think of in a blender. Press the button, and voila. You’ve got Space Unicorn Blues right there. I came across this book by accident and decided to go crazy and just get it. With that title, how could I resist? As always…
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Book Review: Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig

Every penny is turned over twice and quite often bitten in two before it gets spent on renovations to our home. This means I have a very limited book budget and I spend a lot of time thinking long and hard before deciding to buy one. However, I’ve been killing myself trying to work on…
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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

  Who is the awesomest writer of them all? Think you know the answer? Let me give you a hint: there is no such thing. Wow, Jasmine, you sure do give good pep talks. Actually, I usually do. But it’s a fact. Recently, I was talking to one of the Inklings (that’s what we call…
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Hello Mary Sue, Goodbye Readers

We all know them. Or know of them. Those people whose parents can not only afford to give them anything and everything they could possibly ever need, they also provide them. Right? I bet a name just popped in to your head as you were reading. These people have had nothing but tail wind in…
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Don’t be Dense. Use the Right Tense. Part 3

In Part 1 of this article, we compared writing to painting. We discussed the basic tenses you’ll work with. Your primary colours, if you will. In Part 2, we mixed things up, creating a richer palette, with lots of subtle shades at our disposal. Today, let’s expand our palette even more. We’re going to have…
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Don’t be Dense. Use the Right Tense. Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we compared writing to painting. We discussed the basic tenses you’ll work with. Your primary colours, if you will. Let’s mix things up and create a palette of subtle shades that will add nuance and depth to your story.     To Infinity and Beyond! One thing we can…
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Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Limited POV

Last week, you and I had a chat about different POVs in writing. Remember? if you didn’t, you can catch up on that one over here. We discussed the main pros and cons of both limited and omniscient POV and I promised you I would do more detailed posts on both. I’m beginning to doubt the…
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The Eye of the Beholder: Different POV’s in Writing

OK, people. Let’s make a deal. Next time I ask everyone what the next subject for a TinyTeaches article should be, please tell me to stop. “Oh, Tiny! I’d love for you to do a post on different POVs.” Me: “Sure! No problem! Hold my drink.” Yeah. That’s me up there. Remind me to not…
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Adverbs: Do You Honestly Need Them?

Adverbs are an easy way of describing something. But like dialogue tags, they suffer from overuse. You could compare adverbs to nutmeg—best used in moderation. Extreme moderation. Let’s Have a Closer Look First of all. I had to look up what an adverb is. Wait, no. That came out wrong. I know what an adverb is…
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That’s What She Said: The Use of Dialogue Tags

One of the biggest challenges in writing fiction, in my opinion, is the interaction of our characters. How do we portray them? They need to come alive for the reader. They need to be believable. Dialogue is a big part of that. We can use conversations between people to learn more about them, and about…
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