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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Fiction Writing Site! These are the top ten articles that your Fiction Writing Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
I do not like bugs, but I am not phobic about them. At least Iím not now. Entomophobia,the fear of insects, or acarophobia, the fear of those little bugs that make you itch, can be used in your writing to give others chills.
2. Coffee, Cigarettes, and Writer's Block
A fresh cup of coffee is in front of you, your cigarette is burning, the laptop is open, and its blank screen is staring back at you. We've all been there. You are ready to write, but nothing, not even one word, pops into your head.
3. The Art of Teleportation
When you read, the words should magically teleport you to another land, time, or universe filled with other people, animals, or creatures. You lose yourself in a fantasy world and live vicariously through someone, maybe even something, else.
4. Create Your Own Phobias: Tripoerdogaphobia
Every phobia has its starting point. I donít believe that anyone is born with a phobia. There has to be something that happens to cause it to develop. I donít exactly have what I would call a phobia, but I do have a fear. Is my fear unreasonable or without cause?
5. Arsenic, the King of Poisons
The little old ladies in "Arsenic and Old Lace" used these three poisons together in their deadly elderberry wine. One gallon of their wine contained one teaspoon of arsenic, half a teaspoon of strychnine, and just a pinch of cyanide. If you drank a glass of this wine, imminent death was certain.
6. Owning a Publishing Company
Silver Tongue Press is a small publishing company that is owned by three of us. We donít live anywhere near each other. We call Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Alabama home. That is one of the wonders of running an online business. We do everything over the internet.
7. Death by Honey
Honey is that wonderfully sweet and sticky substance made by bees using nectar or pollen collected from flowers. It is nutritious and is the only food that contains all the substances necessary to sustain life. How can someone become mad or even die from ingesting it?
8. Road Through the Woods Picture Writing Prompts
The road winds gracefully amidst the trees. Is this all you see when you look at the picture? Or does your mind go wild thinking of what could be at either end of this road? If you look closely, you will notice a gate, one that apparently hasn't been closed for a while.
9. Phobias That Could Thwart Writers
Halloween is the time when we think about scary things. What is out there that would scare a writer? If the thought of having one of the following phobias is bad, what if having one of them was more than a thought? What if you actually did have one of them? Would you still be able to write?
10. Pediophobia, the Fear of Dolls
Pediophobia is the fear of dolls. The type of dolls that people with this phobia fear can vary greatly. Some have a fear of only antique dolls, old collectible dolls, or dolls with glass eyes. Some have a fear of Kewpie dolls. A lot seem to fear clown dolls.
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