How I Learned to Write

Totally triggered by the most recent PubCrawl Podcast episode about author career qualifications, I got thinking about what’s helped me develop into the writer I am today. Writing is so much more than sentences and grammar (though that’s obviously a pair of critical variables) and learning how to write requires so much more than aContinue reading “How I Learned to Write”

Alphabet Soup: Skip the MFA and Read A-Z Instead

When I was nearing the end of my undergraduate career, a lot of professors started to ask me what I was going to do. More specifically, they assumed I was going to graduate school and would point blank ask what program I was heading off to. It shocked them when I told them that inContinue reading “Alphabet Soup: Skip the MFA and Read A-Z Instead”

Dear Indie Presses: Claire Lawrence’s Book Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Who, you may be asking, is Claire Lawrence? For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her or taking one of her (spoiler alert!) fabulously inspiring creative writing classes, Claire Lawrence is a Creative Writing professor at my alma mater, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (and, I should mention, one of my favoriteContinue reading “Dear Indie Presses: Claire Lawrence’s Book Will Knock Your Socks Off!”

How to Edit Out the “Boring” in your Writing

I wrote a particular short story (fiction) two summers ago and was pretty proud of it. I did everything you’re supposed to do–give it to other people to critique, let it sit untouched in a drawer for a couple weeks before reading it again–and after several rounds of editing over the course of a fewContinue reading “How to Edit Out the “Boring” in your Writing”

Writing is Like Digging for Diamonds

I was once told that writing is like excavating diamonds. Raw diamonds are naturally stuck in big chunks of worthless rock that is in turn buried deep in the mud. Stories, similar to diamonds, have an essentially perfect, natural form and the writer’s job is to chip away all the rock and crud until theContinue reading “Writing is Like Digging for Diamonds”

Perks of Being A “Jersey Girl”

1. Cheap gas that someone else pumps for me 2. Jersey tomatoes (taste so much better than Pennsylvania ones) 3. Jersey corn (can you tell I’m thinking about summer and gardens?) 4. Jersey Devil Press, an online literary journal that has some really impressive content and one I’m looking forward to submitting to! (Thanks goContinue reading “Perks of Being A “Jersey Girl””

Does Your Writing Reek Enough to Pass the Five Senses Test?

I’ve been reworking a short fiction story for the past two weeks and though I really liked the idea, and was growing increasingly fond of many of the sentences and some of the full-length scenes, I could tell the story wasn’t really popping off the page. If I were being honest with myself, I knewContinue reading “Does Your Writing Reek Enough to Pass the Five Senses Test?”

The Pros and Cons to NaNoWriMo

During the month of November, I pretty much secluded myself away from the writing world.  I didn’t read any blogs and I didn’t submit any new stories.  I was so busy trying to bust out my NaNo word count every day that I actually forgot I was waiting to hear back from several publications.  TheContinue reading “The Pros and Cons to NaNoWriMo”

Sucker Lit Mag Spits Out Responses in 11 Days

I was expecting to have to wait a month to hear back from Sucker Literary Magazine–which is a rather quick turn-around in and of itself–but I’ve already heard back!  (I’ll admit it; it was a rejection.  But they did give feedback, so I’ve gotten an idea of some things I’m going to change before submittingContinue reading “Sucker Lit Mag Spits Out Responses in 11 Days”

Submission Fee: $100; Getting Published: Priceless?

Perhaps I’ve ignored this for a while because I didn’t want to admit it to myself, but writing is an expensive profession.  The physical materials–paper, pens, ink cartridges–are reasonable, but the money you have to shell out to get your work published makes a pretty significant dent in the bank account.  I’ve started keeping trackContinue reading “Submission Fee: $100; Getting Published: Priceless?”