April Fiction Prompt: Saving Ella (short story)

by Amber Kelley, Age 17, USA The fiction prompt of the month for April was “revamped fairytales.”   SAVING ELLA My eyes darted toward the clocktower. Fifteen minutes until midnight. Fifteen minutes to save Ella. I sprinted up the palace stairs and shoved my way past royal guards. Fortunately, my princely disguise kept them from...
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Does the Size of a Writer’s Vocabulary Matter?

by Sierra Ret, jaBlog! Blogger   “The vocabularies of the majority of high-school pupils are amazingly small. I always try to use simple English, and yet I have talked to classes when quite a minority of the pupils did not comprehend more than half of what I said.” ―M.W. Smith, 1889 Here we have another...
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Four Lessons I Learned From Blogging

by Sylvia Nica, jaBlog! Blogger   If you write, the term blog has probably popped up before, and if you follow Laura Thomas Communications, you may have even submitted to jaBlog! Since blogs usually focus on a niche, like-minded people read and follow them, providing a solid audience for your writing. This is the reason...
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Fiction Prompt: The Silly Knight (short story)

by Tallis Baker, Age 17, Australia The fiction prompt for April was “revamped fairytales.”   THE SILLY KNIGHT There are three different types of heroes. The first type is the one that everyone knows is going to save the day; even the other characters know it. There’s the “unlikely hero,” who the readers know is...
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Fiction: The Clown Depression (a poem)

by Meghna Chatterjee, Age 15, India   THE CLOWN DEPRESSION Heard a good joke once, of a white-faced man who made them laugh glassy-eyed, mouth turned down called himself a clown, a jester, though he seldom smiled. but they beat their chests and jeered and laughed the poor clown stood by his craft– the art...
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Fiction: A Childish Fear (short story)

by Deepannita Misra, Age 19, India   A CHILDISH FEAR “Now, I’m going away for a few hours, alright? Just until twelve o’clock.” The child nodded. “It’s eight right now, see? By what time did I say I would be back?” “By noon,” the child whispered back. Yes, she had understood. Her Maa was leaving...
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How I Became a Better Writer

by Hayley Clark, Age 12, Canada   When I first started writing, everything was hard for me. I had no idea where or how to start. I realized my writing was not getting any better. It never made any sense, and every time I edited, it just got worse and worse. I felt alone like I was...
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