Tag: goals

3 Types of Writing Work Days

In general, my writing days fall into three broad categories, which are defined by how quickly and easily I can get to my 2,000-word daily goal. Each day, of course, brings its own rewards and challenges, sometimes heavy on the challenge part. I’m sure the… Continue Reading “3 Types of Writing Work Days”

The Quotable King: Identifying Talent

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and his book On Writing is, in my opinion, one of the best books on the craft you can buy. I like King’s no-bullshit approach to the subject and his blunt appraisal of what writing is… Continue Reading “The Quotable King: Identifying Talent”

A Short List of Writerly Woes

I was thinking about things writers do to make themselves miserable (well, things that have made me miserable, anyway). So, I came up with a short list of things I have done (or, regrettably, still do) that can be counterproductive to my writing and what I do to avoid them. Anyway, I thought… Continue Reading “A Short List of Writerly Woes”

Real-Time Rejection: The Third Rejection of “Story X”

The hits just keep on coming! “Story X” has received its third rejection letter, and here it is: Thanks for submitting “Story X,” but I’m going to pass on it. It didn’t quite work for me, I’m afraid. Best of luck to you placing… Continue Reading “Real-Time Rejection: The Third Rejection of “Story X””

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Acceptance Letter

Rejectomancy Points + 10 (What’s this?) Imagine, if you will, a writer of dubious talent opening his email and finding a subject line that looks something like this: RE [Awesome Stories of Awesomeness] Aeryn’s Awesome Story. The author sees this email and thinks, “Great, another… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Acceptance Letter”

Ranks of the Rejected: Rose Blackthorn

Welcome to the next installment of Ranks of the Rejected, where I interview working authors and ask them to bare their literary wounds for your amusement and edification. Make sure and check out the links to these writers’ works and websites. I guarantee you… Continue Reading “Ranks of the Rejected: Rose Blackthorn”

Ranks of the Rejected: Orrin Grey

Welcome to the first installment of Ranks of the Rejected, where I interview working authors and ask them to bare their literary wounds to the cruel, cruel world for your amusement and edification. Since these authors are putting their rejection out there for you… Continue Reading “Ranks of the Rejected: Orrin Grey”

Duotrope – You Need This

If you’re a genre writer and you’re going to start sending you stories out into the cold, cruel world, your first step should be to sign up for a subscription at Duotrope (www.duotrope.com). What is Duotrope? Why it’s only the handiest, dandiest resource for genre… Continue Reading “Duotrope – You Need This”

How Much/Often Should I Write?

This is a question writers hear a lot. Hell, it’s a question writers ask a lot. The most common answer is something frustratingly vague like, “all the time” or “as much as you can.” Easy, right? I mean who has a day job, a… Continue Reading “How Much/Often Should I Write?”

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