I started writing this post a while ago, after I read a rash of posts about people quitting their jobs to write. It was always in the most terrible ways, too--they were the "I'm struggling to support my boyfriend because he doesn't work, but he says his 'big break' will come as soon as he … Continue reading Writing is A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Why You Probably Shouldn’t Quit Your Job to Write Your First Novel
Holy moley, it's been a long time since I've posted here. Hi! I hope everyone reading this had some wonderful holidays! It's December 31st! The end of the year! And I wanted to take this moment to look back at what I accomplished this year. So let's get to it! I read a lot of … Continue reading 2015 Year in Review
When I published my first short story, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. What happens after you get your acceptance email? How long will it take? What if the editor is really slow to respond--should I go into hysterics and assume they decided not to publish me? Or, um. Maybe not? I've published … Continue reading What Happens When Your Short Story is Accepted
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying
Oh, shoot! Has it really been three weeks since I last posted? I'm awful at this blogging thing. But never fear! I have yet another writing resource that you might have seen already, because it came out weeks ago. But here you go: an interesting guest piece from Writer Beware: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest … Continue reading Writer Beware®: The Blog: Guest Post: Want to Become a Better Writer? Stop Writing.
This is an old article, but who cares? It's new to me! I found this little gem on Reddit's /r/Writing, and now I'm sharing it with you: Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers — Barnes & Noble Reads If you've ever read King's On Writing, then none of this is surprising, because... well, it's … Continue reading Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers — Barnes & Noble Reads
I've only got a short update this week, but hey! This made me laugh. In this piece, editor Nathaniel Tower talks about the cliches that he's utterly sick of seeing in short fiction: things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions | freeze frame fiction It's a little vitriolic, but the last paragraph is … Continue reading things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions | freeze frame fiction