For 2021, I wanted to get more of my writing published, building up that writing platform. So, I made a goal to submit something on Submittable two times every month. I actually ended up starting this in February cause the idea came to me a bit late. But I still submitted twenty-six pieces in total … Continue reading Results after 25+ submissions on Submittable in one year
I've found that the best way to achieve my goals is to check up with them. Reminding myself of what I want to accomplish sometimes lights the fire underneath me to continue. So, back in December, I set some 2020 goals. Since June is halfway through the year, I'm going to go through them one … Continue reading 2020 goal updates
At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?
Time had never been my friend. We hit it off a few times and got everything done, but that was rare. Most of the time, we fought and we fought hard. Every time Time knew I had something to do, it made sure the hours ticked by faster than normal. In high school, Time made … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part three) – time management
About four years ago, Lily sat beside me in the band room. She had her tablet in her hand. “So, I've been looking up how to be a successful writer,” she said in a soft voice. Of course, I knew, as everyone else did in our school, that she wasn't a writer. I was. “I … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part two) – writer’s platform
I’ve noticed something discouraging among some famous authors: laziness. I've seen many writers lax their writings after hitting fame. For example, one of my favorite authors uses passive voice more when she writes. I’m sure I would’ve noticed before, but I’ve found tons of passive voice in one of her recent books. Either way, her … Continue reading Discouraging writers
I can't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore. But something changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I wrote because I had so many stories inside of me. I cared less about who read them. I kept my manuscripts - all three of them - behind closed doors. … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research