Should writers go to DV Con?

Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues.  DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?

How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

The average baby weighs 8 pounds.I weighed 5.The average baby is 20 inches long.I was 14.And it was on my first day on Earththat I realized I didn't measure up, and I never would. Title: I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of PoetryAuthor: HalseyGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: November 10, 2020 I've … Continue reading Book review – I Would Leave Me If I Could (Spoiler Free)

2021 writing goals

Happy New Year (a few days early)! I got some of my 2020 goals done, including publishing two short stories. One was published this November while the other will be published early next year. For 2021, my goals are: Get a job in publishingPolish up my novelPublish another poetry, flash fiction, etc. in a publication … Continue reading 2021 writing goals

Is “said” worthless?

In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?

Common writer mistakes #9

#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9

How does a book become a book? – part two

If you missed part one or need a recap, it's here. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two

Should you go to AWP? My 2020 AWP experience.

I did a poll on Twitter and found that most of my followers don’t know about the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Or maybe you’re curious about going. Since I went this last March, I’ll let you know about my experience. Pricing For national conferences, this is one of the cheapest I … Continue reading Should you go to AWP? My 2020 AWP experience.

Dear literary agent

Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent