Tag: Writing

A Week of Writing: 9/13/21 to 9/19/21

September is shaping up to be halfway decent month. Here’s week three. Words to Write By Another quote about revision. This one is from author Henry Green.  “The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” ― Henry Green I’m at… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/13/21 to 9/19/21”

A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21

Two weeks into September, and here’s my weekly writerly report card. Words to Write By A great quote about revision from author Leigh Bardugo.  “I think the hard work of writing is just how long a book is terrible before it’s good.” ― Leigh Bardugo… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21”

Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist

This week, I started the second revision of my WIP novel Hell to Play. This is the big revision/rewrite before I start shopping it around, and it will be driven by the comments and notes from my three excellent critique partners (bless you, you wonderful… Continue Reading “Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist”

Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21

A couple of fairly productive weeks. Here’s the score. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Michael Crichton. “Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21”

Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story

Recently, I went through my WIP folder and realized it was overflowing with stories, some of which had been languishing there for decades. I took a good, long look at these derelict shorts and flashes, and, well, I then created a trunk folder, which… Continue Reading “Not Good Enough: When to Trunk a Story”

Submission Statement: August 2021

And there goes August. A better month than July, but just barely. August 2021 Report Card Submissions Sent: 11 Rejections: 9 Acceptances: 0 Publications: 1 Further Consideration: 1 I did manage a solid number of submissions in August, and 11 more gives me a… Continue Reading “Submission Statement: August 2021”

Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter

I’ve discussed the hold or further consideration letter a few times on the blog, but since I’ve received a bunch of them this year, I thought it was time to revisit. We’ll look at a couple of examples, what they may tell us, and… Continue Reading “Hold, Please: Further Considering the Short-List Letter”

A Week of Writing: 8/16/21 to 8/22/21

One more week in the books. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By Another good one from Ray Bradbury. “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” ― Ray Bradbury I don’t know if… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/16/21 to 8/22/21”

A Week of Writing: 8/9/21 to 8/15/21

Another week gone by. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from one my favorite sci-fi writers Joe Haldeman. “I think any writer keeps going back to some basic theme. Sometimes it’s autobiographical. I guess it usually is.” —Joe… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 8/9/21 to 8/15/21”

The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Mazie’s Marvelous Marketing

The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire contains all manner of useful spells, a number of which can aid a rejectomancer’s efforts to attract new readers. This week, we explore the relatively benign Mazie’s marvelous marketing, a handy enchantment that enhances a rejectomancer’s promotional endeavors. (If you’re wondering… Continue Reading “The Rejectomancer’s Grimoire: Mazie’s Marvelous Marketing”

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