Literary Journals: Should You Try New Things?

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OK, let's try this again. I accidentally posted this instead of the OTHER post from this week, but now you get the completed version. Publishing in literary journals comes with a lot of benefits. For one, you get published, and you get to see your work out there for the world to see, which is … Continue reading Literary Journals: Should You Try New Things?

Hello from Yellowstone!

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Hello everyone! It's good to be back in the swing of things this week (though of course, the jetlag hasn't exactly been friendly). This was also the correct post for today! I had an amazing time in FOUR different states this past week. We ended up traveling to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand … Continue reading Hello from Yellowstone!

Reblog: The Bryn Donovan Collection

Today is the last Saturday before heading out West, so my thought was to do something a little different with a reblog post. I recently discovered author Bryn Donovan, who has written several books for helping writers. I've been reading Bryn Donovan's website for some time now because of her awesome articles on writing well. … Continue reading Reblog: The Bryn Donovan Collection

Speculative Fiction Small Presses

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Thinking about publishing your speculative fiction novel but don't know where to start? It's true there are plenty of publishers out there, but narrowing the best science fiction and fantasy publishers down isn't too difficult. Some of these speculative fiction small presses also accept speculative genres such as horror, gothic, and all kinds of subgenres. … Continue reading Speculative Fiction Small Presses

August Update!

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Hello everyone! I have some awesome announcements for this August update. This will be a quick post, but for starters, there will be a couple of weeks where I'll be unable to post at all. I WILL, however, come back with tons of pictures from a trip I'm taking to Yellowstone and the surrounding parks … Continue reading August Update!

Why Is Fantasy So Hard to Write?

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So you want to write fantasy? Good luck. In all seriousness, fantasy is notoriously difficult to write no matter which way you look at it. It's not uncommon for fantasy writers to take years to complete one single book (unless you're Brandon Sanderson, but we don't all have that luxury). Besides that, a major aspect … Continue reading Why Is Fantasy So Hard to Write?

Hating Your Work After Publishing It

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Let's be honest, hating your work takes a toll. So you spent days, weeks, even months or years, on a piece of writing. You edited and rewrote. You spent hours trying to get everything just right, and finally, you feel comfortable with it, enough to send it out to that literary journal or press for … Continue reading Hating Your Work After Publishing It

Reblog: Story plots: 7 Tips to be More Original – NowNovel

Stories have endless possibilities, but when it comes to plot, we rely on several basic formulas. That's definitely not a bad thing, but a big pitfall for any budding writer is relying too much on tropes, clichés, and what's already been done. When you sit down to write your story ask yourself: 1) Does my … Continue reading Reblog: Story plots: 7 Tips to be More Original – NowNovel

How to Write Every Day without Dying

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Everyone tells you to write every day. They praise the benefits of building a writing routine and disciplining yourself. And it's true! You should definitely at least try to write every day, even if it's only a few words. However, some days words refuse to show up, or what you put on paper feels like … Continue reading How to Write Every Day without Dying

Best Speculative Writing Residencies and Workshops

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You might think that there aren't a whole lot of speculative writing residencies and workshops for writers in a specific genre. It's true that many residencies focus on allowing all writers to focus on any project they're undertaking. However, several outlets exist for those who write speculative fiction. Speculative writers focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and … Continue reading Best Speculative Writing Residencies and Workshops