After Six Years, A Writing Critique

There’s nothing that churns a writer’s stomach quite like reading something he or she wrote years ago. On one hand, our old work is embarrassing, but maybe critiquing it, finding out where it went wrong, can help us grow as writers. For instance, here’s the opening paragraph of a short story I wrote back in … Continue reading After Six Years, A Writing Critique

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Choose Your Own Science

Last week, Wired reported that, “a team of scientists in China have used a cutting-edge CRSPR technique to repair a disease-causing mutation in viable human embryos.” Aldous Huxley would be proud (or perhaps terrified). Whatever your feelings about the future of gene editing, we can all agree that articles like this are great fodder for … Continue reading Choose Your Own Science

Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription (Guest Post)

If you’re a writer — of books, essays, scripts, blog posts, whatever — you’re familiar with the phenomenon: the blank screen, a looming deadline, and a sinking feeling in your gut that pairs poorly with the jug of coffee you drank earlier. If you know that rumble all too well: this post is for you. Maybe it’ll help you … Continue reading Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription (Guest Post)

How to Write a Convincing Story About an Unfamiliar Subject

Back in high school, I tried writing about 20’s gangsters. I did no research beyond what I’d seen in movies. I just wrote the story and turned it in to a writing workshop, ready to be showered with praises for my genius. As you might have guessed, that wasn’t what happened. After the group was … Continue reading How to Write a Convincing Story About an Unfamiliar Subject

How to Know When to Give up Submitting a Short Story

You've spent weeks perfecting your story. You've fixed every typo, bridged every plot hole, the dialogue sings, and there's not an unnecessary word in sight. So you send it out to some magazines and it's not long before your first rejection letter arrives. And then the next one. And the next one. And the next … Continue reading How to Know When to Give up Submitting a Short Story

How to Know When to Submit Your Story

It's a balancing act. You can't just keep editing your story forever without sending it in. But if you're overanxious and send it too soon, you might have mistakes that you would've caught with time. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on (submitting too early or not submitting at all), it's important to know … Continue reading How to Know When to Submit Your Story

When to Break the Rules When Submitting Short Stories

In their guidelines, the magazine Bards and Sages Quarterly highly discourages submitting first person or present tense stories. My first published story with them was both. The magazine Fabula Argentea lists Anthropomorphism as a hard sell. The first story of mine they published was a suicide note from a training bra. One of the most common pieces of … Continue reading When to Break the Rules When Submitting Short Stories