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Will You Submit a Question About Submissions?

Recently, I’ve received questions about the submission process for short stories and articles. I’d like to do some posts about the chances I’ve taken, some of the missteps I’ve made and the successes I’ve had.

writing - question - emoticonThere are some writers who have more experience and I may point you to some of them. But there isn’t anyone who has had my experiences; unless they’re in some weird parallel universe. If so,

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How to Write More Using Slow-Cooker Creativity

Summer, the perfect time for grilling. Well, not for me, since my apartment complex doesn’t allow a grill on our all-wood balcony. For some reason, their insurance company doesn’t like the idea. HoweverWriting - slow cooker, another device I like to take advantage of is the slow cooker. It’s incredible. A busy cook tosses in the right ingredients, sets the slow cooker controls, and goes about their other duties and the result is amazing.

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Writing Journey: For the Love of Words

 I believe every writer, author, poet, or editor begins their journey with a love of words. Some may lose it along the way. Juggling words can become a chore instead of a labor of love; but I’m thankful for those who never lose this passion.

Sherlock bookSince I was young, I remember always doing two things: reading and writing. I remember writing a short story in high school that received an A+.

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Things Your Inner-Editor Needs to Hear You Say

You know your inner-editor.

He or she interrupts your creativity to tell you that you’ve misplaced a comma, or that you’ve used the wrong version of the word two. At the rigWriting-Computers-and coffeeht time, your inner-editor can enhance your writing. But sometimes you need to have a few words with that persistent punctuation pesterer and send them out for a latte so that you can get some work done.

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Can You Really Trust the Magazine Editor?

I founded and led a writer’s group for several years. One of the questions that came up often was:

“Can I trust the editor of the magazine with my story or idea?”

Some members seemed to think they would not be paid if compensation was offered or their story would get used without credit. In my mind, there are only two options. First option – send something out.

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Being Comfortable in Your (Writer) Skin

Lots of books cover being comfortable in your own skin. They center on being content with who you are and what you do. As a writer, or someone who is required to write frequently, you should know this: Authors of any kind sometimes get misread (pun intended).  I hear some interesting opinions about writers. My responses to these misconceptions concerning them are in italics.

Writers are anti-social

If I avoided people,

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Purpose

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

When I started writing this blog, I had three purposes in mind.

1. Sharing my writing journey; showing the victories and difficulties of freelance writing.
2. Expressing my thoughts on the craft of writing and encouraging other people who want to write better for their profession or their pleasure. Many have encouraged me.

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Surveying the Magazine before Submitting

You have the idea and you’ve found a magazine that you think matches. Great. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I encourage people. You might think I’d say email the editor and go for it. Not so fast. First you have some surveying to do. Don’t worry; you don’t have to buy new equipment. surveying involves:

1. A To examine a condition, situation, or value: appraise B

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When Editing Gets Away From You (A Confession)

Writing in Color - EraserWhen I started this blog I said that it would include my writing journey, which I have done to some extent. However, I haven’t shared one of my handicaps as a writer. I love writing, but I also like killing. Yep. I bring words to life and then I take them out back and shoot them. This we call fun. In general this is a good quality for a writer to have,

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Receiving and Rising Above Rejection

Peter-computer-smallSomehow, I inherently realized that not everything I wrote would be a success. I understood rejection was part of the process. I was also stubborn – I mean persistent. It’s still difficult to receive a standard, “This does not meet our editorial needs.” I’ve learned to celebrate my victories and make them shine brighter than multiple rejections. In this post I am referring to shorter pieces, but many of the thoughts may apply to books as well.

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