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Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous behavior.
How would you describe that book to a friend? Is it a paranormal romance? An urban fantasy? Vampire romance? Or would you call it plain old fiction or literature? The answer, it turns out, is it depends . . .
As a writer, genres matter. They’re meant to serve as guideposts to help readers find us. For books that are traditionally published, …Continue
This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list accumulate. I entered my submissions on Duotrope. And for a minute I felt proud. For a minute I felt like I used to feel when I would go back-to-school shopping and would line all of my items up on my bed when I got home: shorts, t-shirts, folders, and crayons.
It felt like possibility. It felt like hope.
And then I spent the rest of the weekend obsessing over my submissions. It’s like going back to school, too, in that…Continue
In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.
This is a correct usage of "myself"
Following are some common examples of how I hear "myself" used incorrectly:
WHAT THEY SAY:
WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:
I’m in Maui this week, on a family vacation I’ve long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I’ve felt unexpected longings—for things I’m not doing in my life, for the space I don’t have, for all the ways I wish I could slow down a life that feels like it’s moving too fast.
Writers I work with often hit blocks. We all know the concept of writer’s block. Simplistically, it means you’re having trouble writing. The inspiration isn’t coming. But really, it’s that your well has run dry. And in my experience with writers, a well…Continue
This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list…
Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous…
Reading helps writers with their writing, but finding time to read can be a challenge.
Before I decided to become a writer, I spent a lot of time reading. Nowadays, my time is divided among the many aspects of being a writer. The manuscript, the blog, honing the craft, social media, learning about the publishing…
When other people think you’re smart they tend to believe whatever you tell them. If you say one time, I read this one thing, in this one article, and so forth. They will listen, and typically nod and agree with whatever you say, even if it’s a lie. Once, I was at this party, and everyone was talking about how babies always smell so good, especially newborns. I told them that I’d read an article a while ago, or maybe I’d said it was a documentary, well, whichever false evidence I conjured, I…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue