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How to Avoid Info-Dumps in Your Stories

Sage advice for students of the art such as I

A Writer's Path

by Ryan Lanz

Dumping is rarely appreciated anywhere, and inside your novel is no different.

When I started writing, I can remember feeling the urge to clue the reader in on every tidbit of information on a character/setting, including the culture, people, landscape, type of plants that grow there, every holiday, flavors of tea consumed, what type of bear is best (a Jim Halpert reference), etc.

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A light-hearted look at life afloat, albeit in generally very shallow waters

Now is the winter of our discount tent made glorious summer by this sun of York… or some such rubbish. It is certainly not summer yet, but spring sprang today and, having sprung, will doubtless move on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy…

via Horses, insane boat traffic, and venturing forth without a jacket… #narrowboat #england #springtime — The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company, England.

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Flash Fiction & GiveAway Ends Soon

Brief, the operative word for the subject of this post, be brief but be quick as the end is nigh


The Flash Fiction Contests has been a lot of fun, but I am dying to read more of your work and the contest ends next week!

What is flash fiction? It is a story told in 100 words or less. Some of the most poignant stories can also be the shortest. One of the most famous works attributed to Hemingway is a six-word short story:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Remember, the winner of this contest will be featured on my blog! It’s a fun event and a great opportunity for your blog to get more publicity through another blog.

You can check out all information, rules, and prizes by clicking here!

So get writing!

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Also, don’t forget, The Hunger Games box-set GiveAway is still ongoing! Check out how you can win by clicking here!

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First Line Friday – March 2nd, 2018

9E7CC0CF-2985-42E4-B842-58A87CE951E8The words blurred into one another, every yellowed page like the one before.  I knew that before long, the library would be closing, and a polite steward would come to visit me at my desk. I couldn’t afford to stop my search now. Tonight was the night of the Supermoon. If I were unable to find the words there would be a great calamity in the district and all my searching would have been in vain. I was almost there, of this I was certain. Rapidly flicking through the pages to page 298 I noticed a scribble in the margin. Was this the incantation I had been seeking? Sadly I would not be able to find out as without warning the lights were extinguished and alarms started to sound throughout the previously almost silent hall. 

A highly charged voice came out of the speakers in firm but polite tones, “Ladies and gentlemen, the management apologise for this interruption but we would kindly ask everyone to make their way to the fire exits, there is no cause for panic.”

This was my chance. Picking up the heavy tome, I tucked it under my arm and attempting to suppress my feeling of guilt, concealed it under my cloak. Making my way to the nearest exit I gave my name to the attendant that he may strike it from his list of subscribers, in assurance of my safety, and set off down the road in order that I might continue my researches before the night’s trials that I would have to face if I was to rid the world of this ancient evil for this lunar period at least.

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Twittering Tales #74 – “Please Stay on the Trail” – 6 March 2018



Nobody ever questioned or dared to ignore the crudely painted sign,  pinned to the tree.

No-one that is, who knew the reputation accorded the family known as the   “Doones,” who lived somewhere in the woods but no-one could or would say exactly where.

Nobody living that is. 268 c.


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Ronovan writes weekly challenge #Haiku #191


A sneak in the night

his nose and whiskers twitching

timorous beastie



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A date for the calendar

One of Britain’s best-loved radio presenters, Simon Mayo will be discussing his life and career, as well as his debut adult novel in the first Ilkley Literature Festival event of 2018 at the Kings Hall on Tuesday 24 April.

The host of BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime show and co-presenter of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live is one of the best-known voices in radio, but Simon Mayo is also a passionate reader, regularly hosting the Radio Two Book Club as part of his show. He is the author of several books for children and young adults, including the popular Itch series.

Along with discussing his career in broadcasting, Simon will be introducing his first book for adults Mad Blood Stirring, which tells the story of a thousand black American sailors held captive in Dartmoor Prison in the largely forgotten Second War of American Independence.

Rachel Feldberg, Festival Director said,

‘We are looking forward to kicking off 2018 with Simon Mayo. He is the voice of the end of the day commute for so many, but he is also a great advocate for books and reading.’

Simon Mayo will be at the Kings Hall on Tuesday 24 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14/10 and can be booked online at from 10am on Wednesday 28 February.

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Invertebrate intelligence

antennae held aloft,
she lays a single egg,
in this act, the meaning of life,

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#SoCS Feb 17/18


His eyes opened wide in disbelief. Holding the card in his hands he looked again at the brief message with it’s promise of exotic delights to come. In seventeen years of marriage this was the most explicit Valentine’s card she had sent to him. They had both, or so he thought treated the whole Valentine’s day idea as something of a bit of a joke. Something to be left to the younger couples. he waved the card in front of his nose, not even sure if he would recognise a perfume that his wife liked or used. A bit of doubt as to the identity of the sender began to creep into his mind. He would have felt flattered but instead began to feel nervous. After all they hadn’t sent each other cards every year by agreement but if she hadn’t and he placed it on the mantel she may be a bit upset. It would be even worse if she had sent him a card but not this one and he would have no choice but to put them both up, the strangers alongside hers.

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Live Lit In Leamington Spa

No room for cowardice, just pop along for a pleasant evening with like-minded people enjoying what we all enjoy without a jaundiced attitude, worth a visit if you can


Announcing our 2nd Live-Lit Author Event in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. No matter how you do it come and do it with us as we celebrate through spoken word the colour Yellow. Enjoy this anthology of local authors reading short stories, poems and possibly five-minute plays on Thursday 1st March in the cosy environment of The Stagey Fox Regent Street, Leam. It’s free and it’s fun and it kicks off at 7.15pm. No booking necessary – just rock up and enjoy!

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