Bottles-Sayjal Joshi

Photo Copyright: Sayjal Joshi

I’m writing this Drabble (100-word story) for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 hosted by Michael Brooks on his Facebook page:

and on his blog which is as follows:

I hope you enjoy the story, Suzanne Joshi.

 BOTTLES by P.S. Joshi

Grandma Fig collected frosted bottles of all shapes and sizes. Before dying, she asked for her granddaughter, Amaseena.

“Amaseena,” she whispered, “don’t take lids off the bottles. If there’s a serious drought, you can remove the lid of the large blue bottle.

Since then, Amaseena had been afraid of the bottles. The contents were murky, but at night eyes seemed to be peering out, except for the large, mysterious blue bottle.

A year came when there was a great drought. Amaseena took courage and got down the blue bottle. She carefully removed the lid, and it rained for one month.



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34 Writing Terms For Serious Writers

This is a really helpful aid to writing. It’s information all writers should know.

Cathleen Townsend

dictionary2Part of being a writer is expanding your knowledge of our craft. A better vocabulary about the technical aspects of writing can help you to become a more proficient wordsmith. It’s very difficult to speak intelligently about something if you lack the proper words.

I found these definitions via a tweet from Jenn Flynn-Shon (@jennshon), and I thought I’d share the best of them with you.

It’s well worth checking out the original article for the full list, especially since they’ve got more useful writing posts in their menu.

Alliteration: The repetition of the same sound in successive words, usually, but not necessarily, at the beginning of words: Blown buds of barren flowers

Apostrophe: A figure of speech in which the absent is addressed as if present, the dead as if alive, or the inanimate and abstract as if animate and concrete: Come, Sleep; O Sleep!

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7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre

This is vital information for all writers.


Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: How do I know If I’ve chosen the right genre?  

Choosing a genre is something many writers struggle with and the biggest reason is being  unfamiliar with the different genres. Unfamiliarity breeds confusion, which in turn makes it difficult to know which to choose.

Whether you plan to self-publish or go the traditional route, selecting the right genre is essential for success. After all, you want people to find your book.

Why is Genre so Important?

  1. It gives you clarity for pitching to the right agents.
  2. It’s how the publishing world will view your work.
  3. It’s easier to find your target audience.
  4. Makes it easier for readers to find your book.
  5. Helps you write a succinct pitch.
  6. Helps the industry know how to market your book.

7  Easy Steps to Find Your Genre

  1. Ask yourself: What…

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Photo Copyright: Connie Gayer (Mrs. Russell)

Here we are for another week. This week we’re gathered near a virtual graded road with a cut phone cable. I’ve taken the liberty of transforming it into a virtual cemetery for my story. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge for each of us in the group is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Connie Gayer (Mrs. Russell). Thanks Connie.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 99 Words


Mary visited the cemetery to pray at the graves of her parents.

Today, as she neared their marker, she noticed the door of a new mausoleum standing open. Thinking nothing of it, she said prayers and placed fresh flowers in her parent’s vase.

Next morning, a headline in the paper read:


A strange sickness began affecting people in that area. They all showed the same symptom, two red marks on the jugular vein and gradual weakness. They never recovered.

New coffins were buried, then unearthed. No one would guard the open graves.




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6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

This is vital information from an agent who knows what’s needed.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent

I’ve read thousands of “page ones.” Very often I don’t read page two.

Sometimes all I read is that first page and I make judgements based on what I see there. As an agent and a reader my practice is that if I’m not connecting with the material I move on–and quickly.

I wish I had time to give writers (and their books) more of a chance but I can tell a lot by one page: sense of dialogue, setting, pace, character, voice, and writing talent–yes, usually all from one page. Five at the most.

So how are you supposed to get us past one page?

6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

1. Learn how to balance what readers need to know vs. what you, as the writer, want to tell us. I can sense a writer who is trying to show off very quickly. It really only takes…

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Photo Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, be sure to click first on the link given, and then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for all other stories is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 2+12+150=164 Words

THE DREAM by P.S. Joshi

She lived a life that some would describe as being on edge.

Beth’s pay didn’t always meet her needs, and her nerves were always on edge.

It was the terrible nightmare, always the same one. She’d wake up trembling in a cold sweat.

She was in a dark forest. Then there would be the terrible, air-piercing scream nearby. She found herself running, trying to hide. There were sounds of wild animals. At least it seemed like animals.

Knowing she was adopted at age three, she could remember nothing before then.

Finally, searching through microfilm of newspapers for the year she turned three, one headline left her shaken:


A young child, about age three, was found in the forest east of Lockton. Nearby was the body of a young woman, thought to be the mother.

The child, now in county care, is closely guarded since a man claiming to be her father was found not to be related.

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