We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how it's used. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers know when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts where … Continue reading When to tell instead of show
I asked the world for a river that knows no bounds. It'd flow through the forest, the desert, and the sea. At night, it'd wander through the sky, passing every star. It wouldn't know when to stop, letting nothing stand in its way. What I got was a stream that can't quite make it down … Continue reading I asked so I made
Author bios can seem difficult. It's impossible to narrow a person down to a few sentences. But writers also do the impossible all the time. My experience with this is limited to Submittable. Most places ask for a bio between three to five sentences long. Bios are simple and can have a bit of creativity … Continue reading How to write an author bio for submissions
It’s the color of my heart when it explodes. And not in the kind way. It explodes after years of your goals and ambitions leeching onto the back of my mind. I never expected to drown so young with chains around my voice. It’s the same color of the hearts people draw next to their … Continue reading The color
Getting published in a journal was one of my hardest goals to hit. Writers take different paths toward this. Some submit through email. Others submit through websites like Submittable. Both have their pros and cons. Where to Submit? When I submit through email, I tend to not hear back from the publisher for months, but … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part nine) – getting published in a journal
I am one of the six writers who got accepted into the Aspec Journal. This is the first time my written work is appearing in any journal, so I'm pretty excited. If you'd like, you can order a pdf, print zine, or merch. All profits will be donated to The Trevor Project.
"You decide to order a new boyfriend. You don't exactly need a new boyfriend, not yet. Your old one is just fine. Sure, he's running a little hot these days, his fan whirs a little loudly, his memory a little slower than you would find on new models. But in all the particulars, he's serviceable." … Continue reading Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. So, you might remember the first line is by Innerdialects. She said: I got a request to continue the story a bit more. Here's the first one in case you missed it, and here's the … Continue reading First lines given – #9.5
Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Innerdialects! She said: I decided to go in a different direction than I normally go in. Here's the result: It seemed like a good start. It had that edge, that … Continue reading First lines given – #9
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?