Writers Need Writers

Make a Connection with Another Writer & Get Inspired

Well some of the boys here at AlienSkin have recently had fun meeting and greeting each other.  I’m referring to the link-up of our beloved Dr. Dume, Kevin Hillman, and Sgt.…

Flash Fiction Facts & Faux Pas

Being mindful of space is key in writing short fiction.  One must craft an entertaining tale, featuring a likable character in crisis, convey action, dialogue, tension, drama, and offer a satisfying ending in a limited amount of words.  Often in as little as 200 words!…

Take The Scene Test

Short Story Secret III:

What Every Scene In Your Story Must Do

Scenes are the essence of a short story.  They organize your plot, like a map or blue prints.  They present your story to the reader in a vivid, unfolding fashion. …

Turn Rejections into Sales! Here’s How

~ Are Your Short Stories Selling ?
                                                           or Accumulating Rejection Notices?

If you answer to that question is the later, then its time to sit back and take a real look at why you stories might be turning editors off.

Here is where I offer you a very simple method for weeding out stories that should earn ready publication from those that may require some tweaking or major rewriting.…

The Readability Test

~ Does your writing Pass or Fail to Measure Up?  Use This Test to Find Out

At the nagging of my staffer Phil Adams from AlienSkin, I set before you a handy bit of advice that will help you produce more comprehensive fiction. …

Short Story Structure Part II

The Dramatic Scene ~

The dramatic scene is the most indispensable devices in fiction writing. Without it, your story will be flat. Your plotline won’t congeal, your characters’ motivations will seem lacking. Your reader will pick it up, peruse it, but their attention will drift.…

Punch Up Your Prose

Lately, many of the rejection notices we give to writers are the result of dull story telling. Within the few lines of personal comment I include with such rejections I try to indicate what caused us to pass on the story.…

The Contest Conundrum

During the years that I’ve been writing ~ well before I forged and donned the crown as Queen Mother to AlienSkin Magazine, I’ve often wondered if it was really worth my time as a writer to enter writing contests.  Prize money a side, does the acclaim of being a contest winner, runner up, or one worthy enough for an honorable mention truly make a difference to editors ~ primarily editors of fiction magazines? …

Editor’s Rant & Warning

In my 5+ years as senior editor of AlienSkin Magazine and Nocturnal Ooze, I’ve receive and read thousands of stories from writers from all around the world. The majority of theses writers approach us in a professional manner, and that includes not only pro writers, but newbie writers as well.…