Right Word, Wrong Year: Fun with Etymology

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Sometimes while reading a short story or novel with an historical setting, you come across a word or phrase that causes a bit of a stumble. The reason might be obvious or not. It might be that the word or phrase is lumbering about way outside its era. Maybe it’s a novel of the American Revolution, wherein General Washington receives more bad news in frozen Valley Forge, and orders his lieutenant to Philadelphia with an urgent plea for help. So … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Faun Joyce Senatro

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Women’s Fiction The Middle of Somewhere by Faun Joyce Senatro In The Middle of Somewhere, Lauri, the new teacher of a downtrodden coal mining Pennsylvania town, expects to “make a difference” in their lives, never realizing how the people and community will affect her life. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Faun Joyce Senatro won First Place in the Unpublished Women’s Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of … Read More »

You Can Be Published

The Florida Writer, the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), offers members the opportunity to see their names in print alongside news for members and articles written by publishing industry professionals. Get a writing credit for your résumé and a potential audience of 1500+ for your work. Share Your Creative Writing In our “Paragraphs” section, we publish selected creative writing by members who respond to a prompt. Prose, poetry, and excerpts from larger works that can stand alone are … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Helaine Mario

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Thriller/Suspense The Lost Concerto by Helaine Mario In The Lost Concerto, a widowed concert pianist is swept up in a decades-old secret involving lost music and art from WWII and a search across France for her missing godson. Suspense, intrigue, humor, romance. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards Banquet, author Helaine Mario won First Place in the Thriller/Suspense category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all … Read More »

Small May Be the New Big

One of the things I do is coach authors on improving their book marketing, and ultimately sales. And I’ll tell you – everyone wants to be famous – that is, everyone wants to be a known author and sell enough books to quit their day job. But I’ll tell you this – no one, save for the Kardashians, is born famous. It takes a lot of time and effort. Even though everyone wants to be famous, the truth is that … Read More »

How to Use Twitter for Writing

As a writer, Twitter is going to be your best friend and your worst enemy. Because it’s the best, most fun waste of time you’re ever going to have. I’ve wiled away many an hour on Twitter, responding to tweets, retweeting clever remarks, or coming up with something funny and thinking, “I’ve got to send this out right now!” all while my deadlines dripped slowly away. But rather than treating Twitter as a den of inequity to be shunned and … Read More »

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