Happy Independence Day!

Written Dreams would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

While you’re watching the fireworks tonight, take a deep breath and feel all the emotions of the moment. Close your eyes and listen to the loud booms and zips. Feel the mosquitoes nipping at your skin. Open your eyes to see the bright reds, blues, and whites sparkling in the sky. Smell the savory burgers cooking on the grill mixed in with the sulfuric scent of gun powder, or taste that tangy potato salad.

So, the next time you’re writing a scene with fireworks in mind you’ll have all those senses and feelings at your fingertips. 🙂


Brenda’s Tangy Potato Salad

This is an old family recipe. Most potato salads use a yellow mustard. My family uses French Dressing for a sweeter, tangier salad.


3 lbs. Red Potatoes with peeling on, sliced after boil

4 Large Hard-Boiled Eggs, sliced

10 Radishes, sliced

2 Cucumbers, diced (I peel the cucumbers.)

1 Green Pepper, diced

1 bunch of Scallions/Green Onions, sliced

1-3 Tablespoons of French Dressing  (to taste)

1/2-3/4 cup of Mayonnaise (to taste)

salt and pepper (to taste)



Boil the potatoes until soft. I add a few shakes of salt and pepper to the water.

In the meantime, prepare the rest of the ingredients by washing the vegetables and slicing/dicing them. Place the sliced veggies in a large bowl.

When the potatoes are soft, slice and place in another large bowl to cool in fridge for 5-10 minutes.

While the potatoes cool, make the dressing. Combine mayo and French dressing together in a small bowl with salt and pepper. When you like the taste of the dressing, (some prefer less sweet to more sweet) combine with the bowl of cooled potatoes.

Add the bowl of diced/sliced veggies to the potato salad and stir until well combined. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.


Your Own Fantasy Gone Wrong

E. Tip of the Day: Once upon a time I edited an anthology with Marty Greenberg entitled Fantasy Gone Wrong published by DAW Books.  The anthology centered around what else–fantasies gone wrong. The theme challenged authors to think outside the box of the usual ending and the stories turned out beautifully. Fun, humorous, and entertaining! I really enjoyed the process of working on this anthology.

Brittiany Koren’s Anthologies

Today’s E. Tip focuses on two tips.

1) If you want to stay current with the genre you’re writing for and don’t have a lot of spare time to do it, read short stories. Just do a search of Anthologies in a particular genre. You’ll be able to choose from lots of selections.

2) If you’d like to try your own hand at writing a fantasy gone wrong story, take a nursery rhyme and put your own spin on it. Do something different with that story you’ve never seen before. Instead of taking it into the fantasy genre, make it contemporary or add some science fiction elements to it. Get your creative juices flowing. You might be surprised with the results! 🙂

A New Month

E. Tip of the Day: Everyone needs to start fresh once in a while, and the new year is a great time to do it. But for some of us, we need to do a re-start every once in a while throughout the year to recharge our batteries.

The beginning of a new month is a perfect opportunity to re-establish your writing goals. Take a look at your calendar, add major events–a wedding for instance–and deduct time that you will spend away from writing, including your day job if you have one.Then take a look at every day of the week and determine how much time you will in reality have to write. (This is important. It will help you take your writing serious.) It’s okay if you only have 30 minutes a day, as long as you try to set aside time every day. The chart may look like this. Good luck!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3 hours 2 hours 2 hours 1 hour 2 hours 1 hour 1/2 hour