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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Mistakes, Missing Links, and Other Wonderful Problems

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on September 18, 2014 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Oops! 

 

I was carving a linoleum block at a summer art class. Everything was going great, but suddenly the knife slipped and I made a mistake. An unfixable mistake.

 

Ugh! Now the whole thing was ruined! 

 

Then my instructor hurried over with some words of wisdom-- words I’ve turned to again and again in my writing life. 

 

The mistake, the problem, doesn’t ruin the work of art, she said. In fact, addressing the problem is what art is all about. The problem is the art.

 

At the beginning of the project that became my book, We Are Here, I interviewed my uncle Will about his experiences in a Lithuanian ghetto during the Holocaust years. When my…

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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Genre

Posted by Evette Davis on September 17, 2014 at 8:00am 9 Comments

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 writers, genres matter. They’re meant to serve as guideposts to help readers find us. For books that are traditionally published, …

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[The Art of Submission] What We Can Control

Posted by Emily Lackey on September 17, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

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…

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"Myself" Is Not a Substitute for "I"

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

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:

  • He met with George and myself (INCORRECT)
  • George, Harry and myself went to the movies (INCORRECT)
  • You can give the form to Susan or myself (INCORRECT)

 

WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:

  • He met with George and me (CORRECT)
  • George, Harry and I…
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