A Christmas Carol: A Look at Three of the Most Well-Known Ghosts of Christmas

The all-time holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was first published on December 19, 1843, and gained instant success and critical acclaim. It is a story about a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge who, after being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, is transformed into a gentler and more charitable man.

Quotable #33: Edgar Allan Poe’s Definition Of Art

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul.’” — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1844 via Quotable #33: Edgar Allan Poe’s Definition Of Art — Learn Fun Facts   I wanted to share this great … Continue reading Quotable #33: Edgar Allan Poe’s Definition Of Art

Edgar Allan Poe: The Master of Mystery and the Macabre

You would be hard pressed to find anyone, especially among our fellow lovers of horror stories and tales of terror, who doesn’t know who Edgar Allan Poe was. Best known for his poetry and short stories, Poe was also highly regarded as the leading author of Romanticism in American literature and he was one of … Continue reading Edgar Allan Poe: The Master of Mystery and the Macabre

Overcoming the Fear of Judgement as a Writer

I write a couple of sentences and then delete them just as fast. They were horrible. No one will ever want to read this garbage. Why do I even bother trying to write? Maybe I’m not meant to be a writer, I have no talent. If any of this sounds familiar to you, you aren’t alone. Every author that ever put pen to paper (or finger to key) has suffered writer’s block at one point or another.

How to Write a Great Beginning for Your Story

    Writing a great beginning for your story is crucial, especially for fiction writers. If the first chapter of your book doesn’t grab the attention of your readers, they will most likely not read any further.   Equally important, agents and editors often decide whether or not to take a chance on a book … Continue reading How to Write a Great Beginning for Your Story

How do Great Writers Come up with Brilliant Ideas?

  As a writer, I’m sure you have struggled with how to come up with a great idea for a story. You aren’t alone, it happens to all of us. Some writers will assume that since they aren’t coming up with a good idea they have writer’s block. This isn’t the case because writer’s block … Continue reading How do Great Writers Come up with Brilliant Ideas?