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JL Stratton
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A distracted writer's journey. Articles, half-truths, fiction, poetry and publishing.
A distracted writer's journey. Articles, half-truths, fiction, poetry and publishing.

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Is Grammarly Worth it For Writers
How many of you writers out there use the spelling and grammar checker in Word? Oh, come on. Don't be shy. I use it for the first pass on many of my writing projects, at the very least. It's great but I don't think it is the only thing that a writer should ...
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Tech Woes and Wonders
Yes, I know that I normally post some nostalgic story on Saturdays. Not only am I a day late but I will post instead a short explanation for not posting yesterday. My old computer was getting, well, old and was affecting my writing. For my Birthday, my wife...
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Poetry for Better Writing
credit: flocabulary.com There are times when I'm writing that creativity escapes me. Sometimes, only for a moment, other times the dry spell could go on for days. To break this treacherous cycle, I often turn to any number of tricks or exercises to get goin...
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Learning to Drive
I'm sure most people of my age hold memories of their youth, and one memory that many remember with fondness, or horror, is learning to drive a car. I had no problem passing my driving test for the first time at the age of sixteen because I'd taken driver e...
Learning to Drive
Learning to Drive
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Lyrical Inspiration
Do you listen to music when writing? I find music to be inspirational. Often, I listen to classical or something without words to keep me from distraction. If I'm deep into a draft I won't listen to anything at all. But, if I'm daydreaming or imagining a ne...
Lyrical Inspiration
Lyrical Inspiration
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It's Saturday and time for another nostalgic story from my sorted past. This is a cautionary tale of love, lust, respect, retribution, and karma. Enjoy. http://www.jlstratton.com/2018/02/mishap-at-lovers-lane.html

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Mishap at Lover's Lane
This is a cautionary tale of misplaced intentions and ill-gotten love. It is a tale of desire, retribution, and karma. I grew up in a place surrounded not only by saltwater bays but lakes, rivers and streams. We had a lake right in the town of Bremerton, an...
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Love in Fiction
It's Valentine's Day so let's talk about love. Not just love in general but love in story. The history of Valentine's Day is anything but loving and romantic. In ancient times, February was considered a month of purging, cleansing, and... Breeding. The name...
Love in Fiction
Love in Fiction
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Neah Bay: The Tragedy That Almost Was
Credit: freestockphotos My Grandfather was an avid Salmon Fisherman. My Father was not, although he never stopped trying to match my Grandfather's success. Might I add that I believe, to this day, my Grandfather made the best smoked Salmon in the world. One...
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Naming Fictional Characters
We've all been there. You've got this great character in your head and you've already determined this character is going to save the world, but the only name you can come up with is: Bob. This happens to me all the time. I discover a new story I'd like to t...
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