Dar Writes

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Hey, there, readers and writers! Welcome to DarWrites!

This blog is for writers who want to level up their art & craft, for writers who want to be inspired, and for readers who look for a different view of books

I’m your tour guide and writing buddy, Darlene. I’m a writer, photographer, teacher, and anthropological renaissance woman. I’m also one of the few people that can say she has a poem in space! I run an online website geared toward helping creative entrepreneurs level up their art and craft.

I started DarWrites in 2010 to help myself and writers just like you level up writing craft. Since then, I have accumulated a wealth of experience including: articles, books, corporate copy, educational, manuals, photography, promotional materials, research, resumes, technical documents, web copy, and more. As an artist and teacher, I set a goal to write educational, entertaining, and inspiring content that helps you level up your craft and connect with your readers.

This is a fluid site which changes because I change – and I am so grateful to the readers and writers who have stuck around for the journey! I’ve split this site into a few sections to make life easier for you. Check it out:


The Writer’s Cave


If you’re interested in fiction or nonfiction, please check out my Writer’s Cave for books, articles, and more! This cave exists to help you level up your writing – and learn from my hits and misses. Writing is a solo sport, and my writer cave is one of my favorite places. You can also download my Writer’s Planner 2017 for free!

DarWrites: the blog

DarWrites offers craft insights, fun prompts, and more. If you’re into creative or freelance writing, this blog has something for you. One of the things I’ve been told I do well is inspire people – and there is a never-ending source of inspiration! When I set out in 2010 to create a place for writers, I wanted to help encourage art and craft. If there’s something you’re not seeing that you want or need to see, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do about it! I love hearing from people – feel free to contact me.

1,001 Plots to Get You Started

One of my favorite things to do is create writing prompts! There are free ones, of course, but did you know I wrote a book of writing prompts? You can buy 1,001 Plots to Get You Started on Amazon for only $2.99.

Book Reviewing

Do you have a book that needs reviewing? I have specific reviewing criteria which can be found here. I am a Book Dragon who adores reading as much as writing. I am partial to worlds that make me leave this one – a good plot, a character I want to be or want to know, and a world unlike any other are my favorites! You can read about my reading philosophy here: Book Dragon Manifesto. For books I’ve reviewed, check out Darlene’s Book World. If you’re not sure if your book is my cup of coffee/tea, contact me and I’ll let you know.



Welcome, Book Dragons!

I created a corner of the world just for you! I love my readers and fans. Thank you so much for your support and well-wishes. I love talking to book people of all kinds – and am open to conversations about books!

Want to read like a Book Dragon? Check out How to Read Like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto.

Check out some of the books or articles I’ve written on my Author page, or books I’ve reviewed at Darlene’s Book World. Want to know what I love to read? Check out my recommended reading and my scribblings here.

The most popular thing I created was a Writer’s Plot Bunny. Check out this cute study buddy and make your favorite writer one by following the easy instructions! I dare you to just make one!


My Stuff

Darlene Reilley

Darlene Reilley

Under The 100 Books Project you will find what I’m working on now, my available work, my past work, and my publications list. Pull up a comfy chair with a book or an essay and have some fun! There are a few free short stories on there too!

If you need something that you don’t see here, just Contact Me. I have over 8,000 pieces in process just looking for a home…my advisors called me prolific…

I think the biggest thing I can do with this life is to share my inspiration and intention. Thanks for reading! If you read my fiction, science fiction, poetry, or nonfiction – I appreciate you all! Thanks for supporting me and my creations.

I hope you all enjoy this corner of the internet dedicated to words, love, and light!

Write on,


dar dar


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