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February 17, 2018

I read through an article the other day, one by the Huffington Post entitled “What Acclaimed Authors Love About Writing” and it was really inspiring and heart-warming, which made me want to share it with all of you, in celebration of Valentine’s Day! What better way to...

January 18, 2018

I’m going to get right to it. If you haven’t submitted your work to a literary magazine, you should. Here’s why:

1. You’re More Likely to Get Published

Basically, the more impressive your writing resume is, the better chance you have of getting noticed and getting publis...

January 4, 2018

It’s a new year, which means starting or restarting those New Year Resolutions. Remember that goal you had last year to finish your novel? Or the goal you had to simply writing for half an hour a day? How did that go? If you successfully completed your goals then congr...

December 23, 2017

I’m stuck in the middle of my story. I have no idea where to go with it. My courageous yet timid main character has entered a world a thousand times more fantastical than her own, she gotten a taste of what the antagonist is capable of, she’s connected with those she w...

November 10, 2017

It is now week 2 of NaNoWriMo! How is everyone doing? We hope you’re exercising that right brain of yours and staying on track with your writing goal. It was not realistic for me to go for the 50,000 word goal this year, so I set myself a goal to write 500 words every...

October 18, 2017

A small number of short stories are picked up by literary magazines every year, but thousands upon thousands get rejected. And most of those rejected stories are set aside because of mistakes that can be easily avoided if you are aware of them. This is not meant to dis...

September 13, 2017

More than a few times I’ve put a book down because I reached a point―or many points, if I really gave the author a chance―where the author threw a mega-load of information at me all at once. The worst part about it was that it was usually through dialog―a crap ton of d...

August 29, 2017

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.”

– Jean-Luc Godard

"The Time Travelers Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, "House of Leaves" by Mark Danielewski and the movie "Memento" directed by Christopher Nolan all have one thing in...

August 23, 2017

There I was on a killer writing streak typing my “point of no return” scene when I realized I had no idea why on earth my main character would even choose to say “yes” to the task at hand. That ended said killer writing streak. I was stuck. I realized that her personal...

July 27, 2017

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King, WD

Well that’s a bit mor...

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