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How Writing and Submitting Short Stories Improved My Novel

Photo by Aftab Uzzaman If you’re writing a novel and are nowhere near the end, why spend time on short stories? Doesn’t that distraction delay getting to the end of the current draft, a moment that always feels months away? I thought so once. One year, I wouldn’t let myself …

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Writing What You Don’t Believe

Photo “face time-2” by Albyn Davis No, this isn’t about writing dishonestly. Quite the contrary. I’m returning to a topic I’ve touched on before, but with a different slant this time around. Please bear with me. We live in an era of such extreme social and political division that if …

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Bandersnatching Your Writing Career

image by Lumenoid Around 12:10 a.m. on January 1st, just after 2019 began, I made what I hope will prove to be my worst choice of the entire year: I started watching the latest “Black Mirror” project on Netflix, alone, in the dark. “Black Mirror” is eerie at best and …

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The Gifts of the Writing Life

It’s the holiday season! And regardless of how you celebrate, it’s a great time of year for taking stock. You know, the short days, the long, often cold nights, the fires in the hearth. And around here, the blissful silence of a snowy walk.* My December post here last year …

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The Hack’s Guide to Reviewing Your Writing Year

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Welp, another year over (yay!), a new one just begun (ARGH!). It’s that time of year when all of our apps …

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Writing, the Gift of Time and O’Henry

image by sakaki0214 One of the best gifts you can give yourself as a writer is time. Time is a scarce commodity for many of us. Anyone with obligations to meet beyond writing — school, work, family, a near-countless litany of other responsibilities — knows that every minute spent writing …

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I Think I Lost my Writing Mojo in the Turkey

https://snn.bz/holiday-turkeys/ I begin with a deep bow. A deep bow to you, courageous Nanowrimo-ers, for plowing on—and for using all the words I can’t find. I just can’t seem to muster the strength to write. I can barely focus. My brain is made of eggnog and Figgie pudding, and I …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Winter 2018

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aimed to cross 100 this year. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 125 rejections this year. This submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2018 …

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30 Things I’ve Learned About the Writing Life

On Thanksgiving, I celebrated 30 years since the sale of my first book.  It’s a crazy milestone and made me consider this writing and publishing life with a sense of bemusement. To celebrate, I have collected 30 things I’ve learned in those three decades. 1. Persistence is more important than …

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The Gift of Group Writing

Team Work by Mehul Pithadiya   Writing is a solitary sport. Nobody comes to watch you write and cheer you on. You sit alone in a room, just you and your head and your preferred method of writing. To be honest, I find this extremely difficult sometimes. When I go …

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