7 Sure-Fire, Bullet-Proof Secrets to Blast Writer’s Block 100% of the Time, Guaranteed

(I was going to write this post but I got writer's block.) But seriously, if you figure this out, email me. I wish there was just some go-to answer for me, but there are times when it takes a lot of effort just to sit down at my keyboard. I hope everyone reading this has … Continue reading 7 Sure-Fire, Bullet-Proof Secrets to Blast Writer’s Block 100% of the Time, Guaranteed

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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

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

Getting Published in Magazines (Tips by Someone Who is Also Struggling)

You look into a bookstore and see row after row of glossy covers lining the shelves. You think about all the authors whose work you see, all those who have "made it." Then you think about your half-finished and entirely unedited manuscript that only your parents have read. How do you get from here to there? For … Continue reading Getting Published in Magazines (Tips by Someone Who is Also Struggling)