A writer emailed me with a request, "Hello, I'm an aspiring writer and I was wondering if you have a piece of writing advice for getting through rough patches. " I'm still not sure if I gave her anything useful, but I wanted to share my response here, in case anyone else needs the reminder. I know … Continue reading 1 piece of advice for any struggling writer
Hello friends, newcomers, etc. It's been a long time since I've written a blog post. Rather, it's been a long time since I felt I had something worth blogging about. Recently, I've had a spurt of poetry submissions flying from my desk. As I've said time and time again, I never thought of myself as … Continue reading I’ve Been Rejected
I have never been so well dressed in my life. As many of you know, I am still in college, though I just recently signed up for graduation in December (yay!), and being in college I've had the opportunity to join the English Honor Society: Sigma Tau Delta. This offers a wide range of opportunities for all college writers, and I definitely recommend joining if one ever has the opportunity to do so. One perk that I took full advantage of was being able to submit a piece to the national convention, which means I would get a chance to travel out of state, attend a literary convention, and present my piece in front of all my peers and colleagues for my college. Needless to say, I was beyond pumped.
Very rarely do I find things embarrassing. The most embarrassing things are the funniest. So, for the sake of laughter, I share with you two reasons (experiences) that show you why life as a writer (or my life in general) IS NOT glamorous. At all. Not even a little bit. So, as a full-time student, … Continue reading 2 embarrassing reasons why life as an author ISN’T glamorous.
It's... contemplative. Introspective. Thoughtful. It is what most would call... Boring. Most people wouldn't dare define their own writing as boring, but I'm doing just that. Why? Because it says a lot about who I am. While we're told not to take bad reviews personally, and I tend not to, I do find it interesting … Continue reading How I define my writing style
I don't tend to make rant posts (too often, anyway), but while sitting in the lobby of one of my school buildings, I happened to listen in on a conversation between a student and a teacher. Often times, our teachers don't meet with us in their offices. Why? I couldn't tell you, but this particular … Continue reading The teachers are failing. Not us.
A lot of publications don't like fables. A lot of publications are dead and inactive. There aren't many horror mags/journals. Body horror has no market, apparently. Publishing is damn hard. Self-publishing is looking really good right now. That is all.
There are plenty of guides on how to do this. Plenty to be found on the internet, but a lot of them, I have found, don't have examples, which I will be sharing with you all today. If you didn't already know, there is a general consensus on how to format a manuscript, and this … Continue reading How to Format a Manuscript
With the start of summer break, my new internship, and my job, I've had a lot of trouble keeping up with my writing. I'm not going to lie, I've been majorly slacking on a lot of things. Sure, I have excuses: Tornadoes ripped through my state and my town, the great snowpocalypse, general anxiety... but … Continue reading Writing Goals
I'd rather fail doing what I love, than succeeding at something I hate. Call me an idiot, but I'm just telling you the truth. Writing is a life of rejection. The moment you decide to start on the path of professional writing, you are setting yourself up for a certain amount of failure - some … Continue reading Dealing with Rejections, and Knowing When to Quit