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On Writing a First-Draft Novel

    All over the world, people are disappearing. They leave their normal lives. They go into private rooms. They step into another world.   Welcome to the world of the Sasquatch…the aliens…the monsters that no one wants to meet … Continue reading

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Mamma Writes: On Writing and Teaching Creative Writing by Alexandra Panic

And just in the right moment, I heard the melodious voice of my daughter. “Mama writes,” she said, and the idea sparkled in front of my eyes like her favorite light-up shoes. I didn’t need a marriage of two nouns to define myself. I needed a noun and a verb. I needed a sentence. One straightforward and true sentence. The Hemingway sentence. “Mama writes.” Continue reading

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Pathos, Ethos, and Logos in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Pathos, Ethos, and Logos in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart by Darlene Reilley Let every people bring their gifts to the great festival of the world’s cultural harvest and mankind will be all the richer for the variety and distinctiveness … Continue reading

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The 2017 Reading Challenge

Are you up for a fun reading challenge? Let’s read. Darlene    

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A Peek Inside a Writer’s Journal

If you’re like me, you’re a journal addict. You probably have two or three spare journals sitting around your bookshelves (or stacked nicely in a corner) just waiting for inspiration to strike. But what happens if you take a normal day and share it with the world? Continue reading

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Anthropology, Archaeology, & Romance A Workshop for Writers

Hello! I’m really excited that FF&P, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, has offered to host my Anthropology, Archaeology & Romance class for writers in May! This fun, inclusive workshop will merge my two loves: writing and anthropology! … Continue reading

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Don’t Melt with Chris Weigand

Hi, writers! I hope you’re having a fantastic and productive week. We’ve got a guest speaker today on Darwrites. My BWF (best writer friend) and former National Novel Writing Month co-ML Chris wanted to share some writing tips!
Besides being a busy mom and engaged grandma, Chris Weigand is a Christian YA author. She wrote the trilogy starting with the Palace of Twelve Pillars and co-authors the Galactic Safety Council books with Ricci Moore. Take it away, Chris!    Continue reading

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DarWrites Book Review Criteria

The following criteria will be used by DarWrites to evaluate book submissions. One thing to note: I try to keep personal bias out of the reviewing bucket, but I’m human and it could happen.   I couldn’t finish it – … Continue reading

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The Post-MFA Rambling

This writer has grown since the last post here. I created another website, self-published a romance novel under a pseudonym, took a Masterclass with James Patterson, read a few hundred books, and traveled the US via train. I’m going to take … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading Part 1

Happy Holidays! It’s been quiet on here recently, and for good reason. I’ve been writing and reading, which, according to Stephen King and my other advisors, are the keys necessary to good writing. I believe all writers have a love of reading deep in the heart. With that in mind, I’m sharing my favorite books I read in 2014. If you’re looking for a good book to read or give as a gift, these are great ones. Just a note: they link to Goodreads descriptions; if you don’t have an account already, I highly you recommend it! I love being able to store my books there and talk with other readers and writers! Continue reading

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