As the holidays approach, I realized just how busy it's going to be in the next couple weeks for everyone. I may or may not be able to post next Saturday, so in the meantime, I thought I would take the time to create a little list of some science fiction and fantasy literary journals … Continue reading Submissions: Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary Journals
Writing Complex Stories vs. Confusing Stories Fantasy and science fiction as writing genres hold so many possibilities when it comes to creating a vibrant story (not that other genres don't). I'm just saying that because both genres produce works that focus on worldbuilding and rich descriptions, writers' minds go crazy with creating their own universes. … Continue reading Here’s What Happens when You Overcomplicate Sci-fi and Fantasy
Let's do something scary and think of a plot as a math problem. Don't run! I promise I'm just trying to make this easier to understand. Putting things into a different perspective, if you will. Because when you boil down a plot into its simplest components, it becomes almost like a simple one plus one … Continue reading The Mathematics of a Strong Plot
Most writers probably don't have all day to devote to their writing. Even established authors who have published books have commitments that can get in the way because that's just how life works. For those leading busy lives or who may be just writing as a hobby, they especially need to find time to write … Continue reading How to Find Time to Write
Due to the busy weekend ahead, this post will be a little different (and chances are this will be at the beginning of the week rather than the end). I had been doing some research about how to network as a writer, and I recently came across a writing community that also offered resources for … Continue reading Check Out These Resources for Writers!
If you ever feel overwhelmed with the thought of meeting the right people and sending in your manuscript for publishing, it's good to know what right mindsets to get in as you prepare to make the big leap. Check out this post from Susan De Freitas about what makes a writer a force to be … Continue reading 3 Ways That Writerly Grit Leads to Publishing Success – Susan DeFreitas
Young Adult as a writing genre is still a fairly new idea in the literary world. One of the first major novels considered "YA" was most likely S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, mainly because teenagers were the targeted audience, as well as what the story was about. Since then, YA has grown into probably one … Continue reading How the YA Audience Expanded Beyond Teenagers
Writers live a hard life. We all might be learning similar skills and be working toward similar goals, but no one is really doing exactly what you're doing in the long run. Every path and every writer is different. But writing is a lonely life, even if we have a community of writers around us, … Continue reading Challenges Writers Face and How to Fight Back
A Writing Goal. Or Is It? Writers deal with rejection. It's happened to the best of us, and it's just a part of being a writer. You might have read an article or two about rejection like how to deal with it, the right mindset to have, famous authors who overcame rejection, etc. But there's … Continue reading Here’s Why Writers Shouldn’t Aim for Hundreds of Rejections
Why Do We Do It? Dorothy Sayers is quoted as saying, "Man is never truly himself unless he is actively creating something," which says quite a bit. There's a lot that goes into writing. It's a craft that we're all constantly learning, but for some it goes beyond knowing how to write a proper sentence, … Continue reading Why Is Writing So Difficult?