Saw this on World Weaver Press and thought I would share it with my favorite writers. You, silly!

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A short TED ed video on the basics of fantasy world building.

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Hey everyone! I am writing a lot of interesting, writery things over at the WFPS website. But since I am spending so much time there, I’m having a hard time keeping this blog up. I’ll post here every now and then but if you want up-to-date information and news, I suggest heading over to WFPS and subscribing to that WordPress page. It is updated at least four times a week with great writing tips and tricks.


See you there!


Love, Joy


Hey everyone! I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’m spending a lot of my blogging time over at the WFPS page.

It is updated every weekday with things like writing prompts (1), challenges (2), advice (3), tips (4), and inspiration (5). There’s also a monthly writing contest (6), writing resources (7), and I’m over there talking about writing and sending out my inspiring writery vibes (8).

Yup, that’s 8 reasons why you should follow the WFPS page. Don’t you feel lucky? You got an extra 3 reasons out of the deal. 

See y’all over there. :)


Love, Joy


This is a post that I wrote up for my writer’s group. Take a look-see and visit our page to participate:


Are you having trouble writing? Do you have a grammar question or a formatting question? Are you having problems starting your story? Do you have some general plot questions? Are you having issues with a specific scene?

If you have a writing related question (or anything at all) please feel free to e-mail them to We will answer your questions in a public post on our website. Make sure to put the phrase “Ask A Writer For Pete’s Sake” in the subject line. It’ll help us sort your questions out of the SPAM folder.

So why should you ask us?

#1) We’re friendly and will help as much as we can. I don’t mean to toot our own horn but we are a nice, accepting, diverse bunch.

#2) We won’t make fun of you or mock you. Don’t worry about asking a “dumb” question because there is no such thing. If you are having issues with something, chances are someone else is having that same issue.

#3) All of the writers here at WFPS write in different genres and have different areas of expertise so when we get together we form a Power Ranger Robot of Writing Knowledge. It’s quite magnificent. Grammarzilla better beware.

#4) We’re always looking to help our fellow writers. We love to help.

#5) This is a “for the love” project. We’re not asking for money (yep, we’ll help you for free!).

So ask away and watch the site for your answer.


Love, Joy


This one is taken straight from I’ve been going to that site for a few years now. Although the prompts don’t change (there are 346 — one for almost every day of the year), they still pique my interest. Today’s prompt is number 23:

Re-write the fairy tale, Snow White, from the point of Bashful, one of the seven dwarves.

Good luck, everyone! If you come up with a story that you’re just dying to share, post it on your blog and link it back to me in the comment section below. I’ll make sure to check it out and give you a few comments!

Love, Joy

Today’s post on the WFPS website is a flash fiction contest. I’m so excited about it that I wanted to share it with all of you lovely followers so that you can enter as well. If this goes well we might have one every month! If it goes really well, we might even offer a monetary prize instead of just AWESOME SWAG!

Anyway, here’s the post:

I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural lately so the term “mish-mash” holds a different connotation for me. But for our purposes today, mish-mash will refer to mixing two different genres together to form one awesome genre!

So here is your mission [INSERT MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THEME HERE]: Take a genre from Group A and a genre from Group B and mash them together in a piece of flash fiction. Since I love a good juxtaposition, today’s writing prompt is also a contest. The winner will receive a personalized, hand-sewn writing buddy and other awesome writing goodies. The writing buddies come in various sizes and can be either picked from this selection or made to different specifications (“I want a unicorn!”)


Historical Romance
Children’s Fantasy
Mythic Fiction

Dark Humor
Fabulist Horror
Conspiracy Thriller
Heist and Caper
Urban Fantasy

Now for the technical stuff:

Submission Guidelines
Submission should include: your name, short bio (150 words or less), e-mail address, word count, and pseudonym (if writing under one)
Story should be around 1000 words or less
Send the story (in the body of the e-mail) to: or post the story on your blog and link us back to it.

Will Be Judged On

September 1, 2013

You’ll hear from us within a week of the deadline. Remember to send your best work. Check and recheck for typos and other mistakes before submitting. If you have any questions, post them in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Good luck, everyone!


Love, Joy

Elmore Leonard

Posted: August 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Writers for Pete's Sake:

Elmore Leonard, Miami Bookfair International, 1989

Elmore Leonard passed away earlier this week. My heart swells whenever we lose honest, talented men and women. I always hope that we can do justice to the literary world like the legends before us. We are the next generation. We have to learn from those before us and make sure that we pass on that knowledge and talent. But I digress…

Anyway, I thought I would share this “article” posted on Buzzfeed in honor of him. They are good lessons and ones that we should all know as writers.

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