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Dancing with fear

Dancing with fear

"Wanna dance?" The stranger whispers his question from behind my back. His breath tickles against my ear and I look around to see who asks me. I see a man in a black hoodie and jeans. The hood is turned up so I cannot see his face. I want to refuse but something...

Writer’s block: 5 reasons why it’s not real

Writer’s block: 5 reasons why it’s not real

You're looking at that blank screen, cursor blinking without fail, hands above the keyboard and BAM! Nothing. No inspiration, nothing is coming. You start a sentence, but delete it in the same breath. You have absolutely no idea what to write about. "Writer's block,"...

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The setting: Where did the murder take place?

The setting: Where did the murder take place?

The setting of your detective story is very important to your narrative. Where and when did the murder take place? Setting your story background has all kinds of implications on the progress of the story. For instance: if your story is set in fourteenth century Italy,...

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The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

The butler did it! The classical ‘whodunnit’

"The butler did it" is the first thing someone will probably say when you are reading a detective story. The classical 'whodunnit' is a sub genre of the detective story. It focusses on solving the crime, leaving clues to be picked up by the detective and other clues...

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Madeleine’s adventure – part 2

Madeleine’s adventure – part 2

11. “What kind of welcome is that?” the man asked. “Didn’t you miss me, my darling?” He stepped across the threshold and into the room. He was tall, taller than Richard and his shoulders were broader too. His hair was curly and he was wearing glasses. He walked up to...

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Madeleine’s adventure #twentydaystory

Madeleine’s adventure #twentydaystory

"What the...?" Madeleine thought, "Where is my night lamp?" She groped around in the dark for the bed stand, but felt nothing. Madeleine started to wake up for real. It was still dark outside and everything was quiet. The room smelt like her grandmother's closet. And...

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5 years as an entrepreneur – 5 lessons I learned

5 years as an entrepreneur – 5 lessons I learned

Monday was my 5-year anniversary as an entrepreneur. I just dove in, with no preparations whatsoever. I didn't even write a serious business plan! It has been five years with ups and downs. But it was never dull. I actually love being an entrepreneur! It has taught me...

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Visualizing the launch of a new website

Visualizing the launch of a new website

I've dreamt of creating an international business since I became an entrepreneur 5 years ago this month. To have an international business, you have to have an international website. And now it's here! My international website and business is officially launched...

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Why you should use your senses in your writing

Why you should use your senses in your writing

"This is how my daughter should be," the queen thought, "hair as black as ebony, lips as red as my blood and skin as white as snow." A year later, the queen had her way. A daughter was born. And they called her Snow White. Everyone knows this fairytale, but there are...

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Vengeance of the monster

Vengeance of the monster

Last Sunday I went to an event which I sponsored with my website company Focus Websites. I had been pretty sick in the two weeks before this, so for me it was a test to see if I would be up to this job now, to see if I was physically capable of going to such an event....

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No flowers, please

No flowers, please

The funeral march by Chopin sounds through the foyer. A sign that the funeral is about to start. The doors open and I enter. The coffin is situated on the sage in the auditorium next to the pulpit. It's a nice coffin: clear varnished wood and tightly finished. I take...

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