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A Week of Writing: 10/12/20 to 10/18/20

Another week of writerly doings. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes, once more, from Elmore Leonard. “My characters have to talk, or they’re out. They audition in early scenes. If they can’t talk, they’re given less to do,… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 10/12/20 to 10/18/20”

A Week of Writing: 8/24/20 to 8/30/20

Okay, gonna try and get back on track with these updates. Here’s last week’s writerly endeavors. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from one of my favorite books about the craft, Stephen King’s On Writing. “In the spring of my senior year at… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/24/20 to 8/30/20”

Submission Statement: June 2020

Another month come and gone. Here’s a breakdown of my short story endeavors for June. June 2020 Report Card Submissions Sent: 4 Rejections: 5 Acceptances: 1 Publications: 0 A lackluster month, unfortunately. I needed to get 8 submissions to stay on track for 100… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: June 2020”

How Long Does It Take to Write a First Draft?

How long does it take to write the first draft of a novel? Well, that’s going to be pretty subjective, and I’m only going to answer as it relates to me. This post will be how long it takes me to write a first draft.… Continue Reading “How Long Does It Take to Write a First Draft?”

That New Story Smell

I recently finished a short story, one I really like. After letting my critique partners work it over, I revised the piece, shaved off 500 words, and now I’ll start submitting it. What I want to talk about in this post is the wonderful,… Continue Reading “That New Story Smell”

A Week of Writing: 1/20/20 to 1/26/20

This is one of those weeks where I’m almost ashamed to post. To say I did not accomplish what I set out to accomplish is an understatement. That said, accountability (and shame) can be particularly motivating. 🙂 Words to Write By This week’s quote… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/20/20 to 1/26/20”

A Week of Writing: 1/6/20 to 1/12/20

Well, it’s a new year, so it’s time to start accounting for my writing and submission endeavors again. Here we go. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Vincent van Gogh. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/6/20 to 1/12/20”

Reading Your Readability Scores

How easy (or difficult) is your work to read? This is a question that can be answered to some degree with the Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, which (in very simple terms) are designed to provide a readability score and indicate what grade-level education is needed… Continue Reading “Reading Your Readability Scores”

Submission Spotlight: The Do Not Send List

Today we’re exploring another potential submission guidelines surprise. This time it’s not about formatting or regional preferences, it’s types of stories publishers would rather not see at all. I call this the Do No Send List  As usual, you should read the guidelines completely… Continue Reading “Submission Spotlight: The Do Not Send List”

Three Types of Tough Rejections

If you’ve been submitting short stories for any length of time, then you’ve likely developed a fairly thick skin when it comes to rejections. After you hit triple digits, those form rejections, filled with not for us’s and doesn’t fit our needs’s, kind of… Continue Reading “Three Types of Tough Rejections”

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