#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly
Mar13

#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly

Perfectionism in writing is too often a double-edged sword. I’ve followed Glynis Jolly’s blog for a number of years now because I enjoy she digs into exploring her writing process. As an editor, I readily admit my own struggles with perfectionism when it comes to my own creative writing. Over the years, I’ve learned to concede I am never going to write many words a day, but if I do sit down to write every day, those...

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini
Jan16

#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

The tendency of writing what you know varies from author to author. Imagination makes countless scenarios possible on the fictitious page, but a degree of crafting goes into creative nonfiction as well. At any given point, writers are in varying degrees of shaping reality based on what they know and don’t know. Jason Pellegrini is here today with his first guest post ever to share his thoughts on age-old advice of writing what...

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#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done
Dec05

#AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done

“Writing is the way to get the writing done.” Thus ends Donald Murray’s aptly titled article “How to Get the Writing Done.” The author offers nineteen suggestions that put a different spin on how to tackle the daunting task of putting words on the page. The tone of the piece is admittedly tongue in cheek, but each time I reread it, I feel inspired. I’m gearing up to submit short pieces for publication on a regular basis in 2017,...

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#WriteTip: How to Write a Submissions Cover Letter
Sep12

#WriteTip: How to Write a Submissions Cover Letter

As if submitting short stories, creative nonfiction, and magazine articles to publications that practice editorial discretion wasn’t daunting enough, the task of how to write a submissions cover letter inevitably rears its ugly head. Yes, ugly. Presenting ourselves in a concise manner that draws attention to our accomplishments is akin to pulling teeth to many. So think of this post as the Novocaine that will take the edge off...

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#WriteTip: How Do You Write a Poem? by Geofrey Crow
Jun20

#WriteTip: How Do You Write a Poem? by Geofrey Crow

Today’s post goes much deeper than answering the question of how do you write a poem. Though not many of this blog’s readers write poetry on a regular basis, you’ll certainly be able to relate to the various theories of the writing process Geofrey highlights. I first encountered Goefrey’s poetry via tweets from the incomparable Aquileana. It’s safe to say I enjoy his poems very much. This post is the...

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