Hello there! It's been a while since I've done one of these – it's just like riding a bike, I hope. Seriously though, I haven't ridden a bike in – when was John Howard Prime Minister? To the topic at hand – don't throw anything away. By that I don't mean keep all your nail … Continue reading Don’t Throw It Away…
The first thing every writer should do, even before they begin writing, is create a list of publishers, magazines, journals, and prizes. If you don't know the marketplace, then you won't be in a good position to get your writing published. I like to keep a detailed portfolio for each publication on my list. I … Continue reading Researching Your Marketplace
I'm sure you've heard it before, but here I am to lecture you about it once again. I can't stress how important this is. READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! But most importantly, adhere to the submission guidelines. As an editor, I can appreciate the importance of this. You might be sitting there reading this and saying, "Of … Continue reading The Importance of Reading Submission Guidelines
The other day I was wearing a pair of leggings when Mother Dearest pointed out that my underwear was visible underneath and then proceeded to point, laugh, and pronounce that my leggings were too tight. To which I proclaimed, "They're not too tight, they're just see-through!" Apparently, this was not much better. Now, you're probably wondering … Continue reading To Be Transparent, Or Not To Be?
Every piece of writing needs a hook and I'm not talking about the Captain variety, though he is always a heap of fun. No, I'm talking about the first sentence. Every writer should put a lot of time and effort into the first sentence. A great first sentence intrigues the reader and invites them to … Continue reading The First Sentence
It's quite daunting when you start a new writing project. I struggle with it. Once I've started I'm fine, it's that initial idea stage that gets me. As I've mentioned previously in a post (Storyboarding), I don't have one way that I go about writing. Generally though, I'll start out with a very vague idea, … Continue reading Getting Ideas For A New Writing Project