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Rich Ritter

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Rich Ritter

Verbs of Being

Verbs of Being: To was, or not to was, that was the question. With the exception of dialogue, I strive to minimize “verbs of being” …

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Roshan Kuznetsov

Roshan Kuznetsov, stinking of skinned sea otter and three months of unwashed tromping through the rainforests and waterways of Baranov Island, loitered unreasonably close to …

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Parts of Speech

NARRATOR (a bespectacled college professor dressed in tweed jacket and speaking in a soothing academic voice, each part of speech enters the room when cued): …

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What Makes Writing Beautiful

An idea, a thought, an image dwells within; Hidden among the murky folds of conscious thought; Yearning to play within another’s mind; But captive to …

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When to Stop Revising

Revising is often necessary to improve the quality of your writing. Nonetheless, there is always a moment in time when you should stop revising. The …

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The Mind of a Villain

Before an inexplicable chill of nostalgia erupted from beneath his skull and shuddered down the core of his spine to his sweaty lumbar, Csongor Toth …

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Of Dime Novels and Shootists Excerpt from A Concise History of the West by Muireall Anne Ravenscroft

Regrettably, too many Americans (and likely many Europeans as well) have learned much of what they know of the old west from dime novels. Because I …

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The U.S. Cavalry

Excerpt from A Concise History of the West by Muireall Anne Ravenscroft The U.S. Cavalry: 1865 to 1890 This is a remarkable period in American …

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A Young Man’s Greatest Failure

A few years ago, I had the unique opportunity to chat at length with a young man serving with Marine Corps Force Recon. Members of …

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Last Stand at Beaver Creek

Joshua Hotah patted the neck of his faithful appaloosa, then scratched the strong-willed animal along the base of her coarse mane. The horse tried to …

Rich Ritter discovered a passion for writing during his tumultuous high school years. This zeal was consumed by technical writing during his lifelong profession as an architect until the age of 49, when he began work on his first novel. Ritter was born in Iowa, raised in the social cauldron of Southern California, completed his architecture degree (Cal Poly SLO) in Denmark, and is a 40-year Alaska resident. 

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