Thought: Diversity Reader

In 1852, a decade before the American Civil War, Harriet Becher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published. Since then, the novel has become part of the literary canon, and while it is not an example of a well-written text, its influence on how people viewed slavery is undeniable. It has even been suggested that Stowe’sContinue reading “Thought: Diversity Reader”

Winning Chapter of the Become Hooked ‘First Chapter’ Contest 2021

—written by Elisa Menz, pen name Mayaserana. First chapter of her novel Easy Guide to Escape Hell. Author’s website: https://www.instagram.com/mayaseranawriter/ Bloody allegiances Dagon Gunthersson, captain of the demonic forces of the Third Ring, conqueror of the Plains of Ghouls, son of Gunther the Nightmare, and heir to the Glowing Deeps, was on his knees. HisContinue reading “Winning Chapter of the Become Hooked ‘First Chapter’ Contest 2021”

Thought: Showing vs. Telling

“Thanks to “show don’t tell,” I find writers in my workshops who think exposition is wicked. They’re afraid to describe the world they’ve invented. (I make them read the first chapter of The Return of the Native, a description of a landscape, in which absolutely nothing happens until in the last paragraph a man isContinue reading “Thought: Showing vs. Telling”

Review: Easy Guide to Escape Hell, by Elisa Menz

When Angels Give Flowers to Demons I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to read Elisa’s novel for a long time. Since I knew her opening chapter from the Become Hooked Contest – which she won, by the way – my expectations for the rest of the text were very high. A challenging place to startContinue reading “Review: Easy Guide to Escape Hell, by Elisa Menz”