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Remember These 10 Writers

Take your fingers off the keyboard and put down your pens. Let’s have a moment of silence for these 10 brave writers...lost, but never forgotten.

Aldo Itmaselph - the writer who insisted on working alone. No editor. No beta-readers. Just him.

Althea Thoone - the writer who spent more time having coffee with writers’ groups than actually writing.

Candice P. Love - the writer so in love with her own work that she found it impossible to part with it.

Collette A Day - the writer who gave up.

Haile Improbable - the writer whose plots overflowed with timely coincidences.

Horace Cope - the writer who would only write if the ‘signs were right’.

Maura Applause - the writer who wrote only to get praise.

Barry D’Alive - a writer who took personal research that one step too far…

Bess Sellars - the writer crippled by the fear of Book Number Two.

Myra Gret - a writer who wanted to write, but never found the time.

Elspeth Futcher is an author and playwright. Thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by Her A Fatal Fairy Tale, Deadly Ever After and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the Internet.  Elspeth's newest game, The Great British Bump Off is now available from her UK publisher, Red Herring Games, as is her Once Upon a Murder. Elspeth's 'writing sheep' are a continuing feature in the European writers' magazine Elias and also appear on this blog from time to time. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Futcher, Author.


  1. And don't forget my favorite: Erasmus B. Draggon, the dude who couldn't get off the couch ... I only heard of him ... don't know him personally.

  2. What a delightful (and hilarious) way to make a huge point -- actually, several points. Great post, Elspeth.

  3. What fun, Elspeth. I think most writers can find a bit of each one of those in ourselves at one time or another. And your list is a great reminder to try not to be those writers. LOL

  4. That was cute and funny. I'm trying to be none of those.

  5. You are hysterical, Elspeth! I know all these writers!

    1. I'm choosing to take the word hysterical as a compliment. And thanks.

  6. Excellent piece, Elspeth. There have been parts of me in all of them, especially that book two fear. Or book three or book four.

  7. Funny! No wonder I don't remember their names!


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