The Three Rs – Rules of Riting Revisited

Illustration:  Andrzej Krauze
Illustration: Andrzej Krauze

So, after flirting with anarchy in my last blog post, I’m now going to continue to obsess about rules, just like that lady who didth protest too much.

In my defence, rules are kind of fascinating, even when we disagree with them. I mean, how was it decided, for example, that in the English city of Chester, you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls after midnight? Not even sure which part of that rule I disagree with most, especially since it’s apparently okay to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow in York at any time of day or night. Except Sundays. (Oh, that’s alright, then. And no, I promise I’m not making any of this up, you can check.)

But, back on track. My purposes here are to highlight a really cool link, in which the Guardian newspaper, following an excellent response by crime writer Elmore Leonard to a similar request, asked a bunch of accomplished writers to list up to ten “rules of writing” of their own. It really is an impressive list. Now, I could simply point you there and hope you go read them, but not only would this be a very short blog post, but the piece itself is very long, is in two parts, and honestly, even I am not that naive. So instead, I’ll grab a fairly random handful of these rules, and hold them up for inspection. As well as mockery. Okay, not mockery; some sporadic light teasing, perhaps. All done in a spirit of affection, of course. Continue reading “The Three Rs – Rules of Riting Revisited”

Video Trailer: Rachel Rossano’s The Crown of Anavrea

This is the video trailer for Rachel Rossano’s fantasy/historical romantic novella, The Crown of Anavrea.

The Crown of Anavrea is available through and Smashwords.

KD Rush added to Indies Unlimited Stable of Stars

Author KD Rush

As my Dad used to tell me about recruiting quality staff, “If you can line up a clean shot, take the shot.”

We are happy to announce that KD Rush is joining the Indies Unlimited crew as a regular contributing author. He is currently working on several short stories as well as his debut novel, The Guild Inc., a supernatural thriller.

KD’ s monthly column, “The Learning Curve” will be all about his adventures in the pursuit of his lifelong dream of becoming an author. Imagine that—a column for aspiring authors actually written by an aspiring author.

He is a South Carolina native, born and raised in a small town just south of Charlotte, NC. He is a husband, father, animal lover, motorcyclist, and avid reader. He also holds a bachelors degree in Information Technology.

Be sure to check out KD’s website at

Please give a warm Indies Unlimited welcome to the amazing KD Rush!


Week 7 Flash Fiction Winner

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the seventh weekly Flash Fiction (formerly known as Writing Exercise) competition at Indies Unlimited.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today (which is cool as the other side of a pillow), and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

The 17 entrants received a total of 80 votes. With 48% of those, the winner is: Contestant #5– Dianna Stover.

Congratulations to Dianna, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, (release doves) here’s the winning entry: Continue reading “Week 7 Flash Fiction Winner”