A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

It's been a while since I wrote one of these because I've been at a dead stop. I have multiple projects going at once, so it's hard to make a lot of progress in such a short time. I've been editing a query, which has gotten better. I've been going through my novel once more, … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

A small change for female writers

My old coworker got a job at Barnes & Noble and loves it. But she got so frustrated there once because an older man refused to buy a book from any female writer - in 2018. He's the customer that publishers are afraid of. Because some people still believe females cannot write well. Most female writers … Continue reading A small change for female writers

Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything – leaves, bushes, flowers – bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my ear muffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my … Continue reading Run dragon

Lost by the train

Life is unattainable sometimes It’s just out of desires’ reach Nothing more than another bill And another time to clock in After a while, the rhythm lingers Not in difficulty, but in tension Pressure comes from all directions And it doesn’t stop for anything So, we’re back at the railroad again Did you see when … Continue reading Lost by the train

Counting rejections

I could play video games or read a book, but I always end up checking my email to find another rejection. I can't remember how many rejections I've gotten now. All from small magazines and such. I'll send in some poetry or short stories, but I get the same reply back. My whole Submittable page … Continue reading Counting rejections

Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

 "Being an editor is a lifelong apprenticeship: the books you read, the jobs you have, influence your approach to any given text. Yet in a sense I'm the same editor I was at the beginning of my career, an idealistic former literature student who took pleasure in books whose form and content I understood to … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do (Spoiler Free)

Common query mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote "aknolegments" instead of "acknowledgements". Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes

What writing classes are like

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Writing classes, also known as workshops, never have over eighteen people. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we introduce ourselves for almost seven minutes each. … Continue reading What writing classes are like

Are we human?

Writers are strange people. Perhaps we're not even people at all. Few people can create an entire world from nothing. Something as small as a 65 character text could turn into a 70,000 novel without trying. But are we human if we're gods of our own worlds? We are sometimes quiet, sitting off to the side. … Continue reading Are we human?

Writing adverbs

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” - Stephen King Adverbs are some of the most hated words in the English language, especially for some writers. Though it's hard to see how adverbs slow stories down. Popular adverbs include: particularly usually simply quite little finally accidentally fast As a tip, duplicate your story and … Continue reading Writing adverbs