General posts about writing (sometimes my own, but not always)

14 Seconds: Short Fiction

14 seconds of oxygen left. She pulled at the airlock handle again. It wouldn’t budge. She could feel the heat of the flames behind her and the ringing of the damned klaxon was boring into her skull and the handle wouldn’t budge, because of course it wouldn’t, and the klaxon wouldn’t shup up. 13 seconds of oxygen left. When she was 12, she wanted to ride horses. She knew it was a cliché even then, but it didn’t deter her. She wasn’t the princess type, she didn’t dream of elegant gowns and fancy ballrooms and Prince Charmings, but horses? Absolutely. The more horses the better. Not riding side saddle with a stiff back and “proper” air, though. That wasn’t her. She wanted to ride horses…
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The Girl and the Dog: Fiction Fragment

She reached down for the water bottle at her side, remembered it was empty only when she brought to her lips, sighed, and hung her head. “I should have stayed in the city.” She knew she was wrong about that, of course. The city is where it all started. Things were still bad there. And the smell? She didn’t want to think about the smell. But at least she knew what to do in the city. What abandoned stores to search, which apartments had storerooms others might now know about, what neighborhoods were left at least somewhat intact after the Event. She could find something to eat there. Something to drink. A place to sleep. Hell is other people, though, as someone once said. However…
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How Much Does It Cost To Publish A Book?

Contributed Post Pexels. CCO Licensed. You’ve written a book, but just how should you go about publishing it? And – more importantly if you’re on a tight budget – how much will it cost? The cost of publishing a book can vary a lot depending on the type of publishing route you take. Some people spend less than $500 publishing a book. Others spend up to $20,000. Traditional publishing vs Self-publishing Traditionally, the only way to publish a book was to go through a publishing company. Nowadays, more authors are choosing to self-publish their own works. There are pros and cons to each approach. Traditional publishing When you go through a traditional publisher, you generally don’t have to pay anything up front. In fact, in…
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Wonderful Tips to Help You Write Your First Novel

Contributed Post There are so many dreams and ambitions that people have in their lives, and one of the key ones is to write a novel. This is a dream shared by so many, and yet very few people actually get the chance to do this. However, due to the growth of the self-publishing community in recent times, this is something that has become much more achievable in recent times.  So, if you feel like you have a book in you, and you want to try to write it, then you need to know the best approach to take. This means you are going to need a few tips that will let you get the best outcome and write the best book you can. Here…
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