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Oil and Water; or On Feeling Heartened...If Not Entirely Optimistic...

As I’ve written before, I have a love/hate relationship with the magazine Poets & Writers (Fear and Loathing on the Publication Trail: https://wp.me/pCJhS-1L), wreaking as it does in me the havoc of hope and despair with each turn of the page. 290 more words

When a dead line is looming

So much goes into getting a book together to publish. Ready…

1. Think of book (outline)

2. Be excited

3. Start to write book

4. Edit what you wrote so far… 268 more words


Creative Writing Submission Strike is Over

Writers of essays, poetry, and short stories generally share similar experiences when submitting their work to literary journals and contests. We have to do a number of administrative tasks: 424 more words


Feeling Up and Down

Writing a novel is hard. I knew that, going in.

I’m planning on finishing the last touches on my work and submitting it , sometime in the next week. 1,041 more words

So You Want To Be A Writer?

I recently got to visit my first creative writing workshop. It strengthens the notion that  writers can gain traction in life by helping each other out. 1,182 more words


Insecure Writer's Support Group - March 2018

It’s the first Wednesday, so time for the IWSG monthly post where writers can share or commiserate with their peers about the creative process.

Wouldn’t it be great if I could use the words I add here today to update you on my progress as it relates to moving one of my writing projects closer to the goal, i.e. 267 more words


You've finished writing your book - what now?

I get a fair few emails from people who have completed their first novel and want some advice on how to get it published. It’s really time consuming to keep repeating the same things, so I’ve decided to put my thoughts in a blog post – then all I’ll have to do when I reply is send them the link! 969 more words