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Writing Advice from Sherlock Holmes

| December 27, 2021

I like to share interesting author advice that I come across, and this post about 10 Elementary Tips for Writers from Sherlock Holmes struck me as a neat approach. Because it’s not writing advice from Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s what authors can learn by emulating Sherlock Holmes (definitely with less of the opium and breaking […]

Short Story Engines

| February 3, 2020

Most people use plot or characters to make their stories go, but this article presents some other options for short story engines. It’s a very interesting read that gave me some ideas for potential future stories. It also includes some exercises for trying out some of these alternative engines, which is a fantastic place to […]

Article Recommendation: Pre-Code Hollywood

| December 25, 2019

I recently came across this article, which talks about how very different Hollywood and American film-making was in the days prior to the Hays Code, also known as the Motion Pictures Production Code. This morality code changed the film-making industry dramatically, particularly for women in the industry, who found that their previously powerful and liberal […]