Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

Let The Games Begin! The Dark Globe Create A World Writing Contest Has Officially Begun!!

by darkjade68

The Time Has Come!! Writers To Your Pens!!!

Time for The Official Rules Etc.

The Official Rules;

1) Writers are Allowed 1,200 Words to Write a Short Story, or Part of a Story.

2) There Are 7 Judges, None of which will be Partaking in the Contest

3) The Contest Begins Today, April 1st, 2012, and goes through April 14th, 2012, Midnight U.S. PST Time.

4) The 7 Judges Shall Read and Rate Each Piece 1-10, and Return Their Ratings to me between April 15th, and April 22nd, 2012. At which Point I shall Add up Their Points, and Determine The Winners.

5) The Winners will be Announced Monday, April 23rd, 2012.

6) Story May Be Something You’ve Written Prior to April 1st, 2012.

7) Submissions Must Be E-Mailed To

8) ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS SITE EACH INDIVIDUALLY By Me/The Dark Globe, so that Our Readers Get a Chance To Read Them, which will also serve as a way for a “Reader’s Choice Award” to be Voted For and Given, in Addition to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards, which are Determined by The 7 Judges.

*These are All The Rules For Now, but More May Added, or The Current One’s May Be Changed at a Later Date

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March 31, 2012


by Patrick Dykie

    One of the things that I believe in, and live my life by is the importance of, and the power of the choices we make.  Every day of our lives are spent making dozens, or even hundreds of choices. Some of our choices may be big and some may be so small and seemingly insignificant that we don’t even notice them. I’ve learned over the years that many times, the smallest choices we make are as important as the big ones.

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March 30, 2012

Setting Up a Character and Putting Them to the Test

by quillwielder

This was one of the first things I learnt in my novel class back in 2009. My teacher, Ray Mooney, told us many times. “You must set a character up and then put them to the test.”

This is something I always try to remember when I’m writing up a scene or thinking about plot and characters.

Basically it means you  put a character in a situation where they have to make a choice and that choice gives the reader insight into who they are.

So you set the character up in a situation like their best friend has been kidnapped, he has a chance to try to save them, but it could mean they will be caught also.

The character has two choices: save their friend or run away. The choice they make will show the reader your character is either brave and courageous or cowardly and selfish.

This is a technique to live by in my opinion. It is a great way to reveal things about your character without having to say “Bob was a courageous man who would risk his life to save anyone.”

It’s just so much better being able to see the character in action.