Category Writing

Need a StoryFix … at a discount?

Some time ago, after I had finished a zero-draft of novel #1, I realized that there were too many moving parts in a novel that I did not understand and had not kept in mind whilst Nano-ing away. With the next novel, I took some time. Looked at the various components. Am still looking at […]

#ShouldBeWriting: Stephen King WordSearch

I missed this when it came out, but our dear friend Susie over at Insatiable Booksluts posted a Stephen Kind wordsearch puzzle that is a perfect distraction from #amwriting. http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2015/10/23/activity-page-stephen-king-word-search/ You’re welcome! #ShouldBeWriting Follow the Insatiable Booksluts on Twitter: @thebooksluts

That awful NanoWriMo hangover

A novel written in a sprint leads to a decathlon of rewrites and editing. Over on LitReactor, Brandon Tietz talks about your next 8 steps. https://litreactor.com/columns/nanowrimo-hangover-8-steps-to-recovery Or — if you didn’t finish — Leah Dearborn has some suggestions about what to do with that unfinished manuscript. https://litreactor.com/columns/5-uses-for-your-unfinished-nanowrimo-manuscript

Upping My Numbers

Welp. 2015 was underwhelming in terms of story production and acceptances. Don’t get me wrong: I am grateful to have a story featured in QUICK SHIVERS ABOUT BUGS. Their anthologies have featured stories by writers I admire and crafting a 100 word story around somebody else’s nightmare was real work and taught me a lot. But I didn’t […]

Sometimes you just have to burn it all down

After NANO-ing my first book, I started working on a second. Cool concept leaning into a good premise and some good structural tentpoles for the first quarter. Got some supportive feedback from a pro. Then I took some time to work on my short game. I took a couple of classes and wrote some stories before […]

When people listen and care and you don’t even know it.

So, I love books and love writing. This wasn’t always the case. Back in the early 80’s, I was a less-than-stellar student in the realms of composition and literature. Just didn’t have the knack or the interest. Then my English teacher took a break from the established curriculum to have us read Timothy Findley’s FAMOUS […]

ACCEPTANCE: Quick Shivers about Bugs

Delighted and grateful to report that I heard back on the first of the Microfiction Madness submissions. My piece CHOSEN has been accepted by DailyNightmare.com for their Quick Shivers about Bugs anthology. First sale of 2015! Woot!

Microfiction Madness

At the end of March, I decided to take a break from short stories and try my hand at microfiction — stories of 100 words or fewer. I wanted to see if I could generate friction from rubbing a very few sentences together. Writing short, short, short stories is hard and every word has to […]

Writer’s Markets on FaceBook

While I do get most of my market info from Duotrope, Ralan and DarkMarkets, there are a number of Facebook Groups out there. Here are three of my favourites: OPEN CALL: HORROR MARKETS (paying markets) OPEN CALL: FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR (non-paying markets) Calls for Submissions (Poetry, Fiction, Art) All are closed groups and you have to join in order to see listing information. They also have […]

New Storyville: Ten Places to Send Your Fiction in 2015

If you are writing and submitting (or procrastinating about either), you need to be reading Richard Thomas’ Storyville column over at LitReactor. This time around, Richard writes about 10 places to submit your work this year, including a couple of new spots I missed on Duotrope. http://litreactor.com/columns/ten-places-to-send-your-fiction-in-2015 Read. Write. Submit. Repeat. Good luck!

Stuff I Read in 2014 That Informed My Writing

This year, I understood (perhaps for the first time) that just reading books on writing wasn’t cutting it and that the two oft-quoted bits of writing advice are, in fact, immutable truths. First, write. Put words on the page. Stop self-editing as I go. Then re-write. Repeat. Second, read. Read with a critical eye, with […]

A new favourite resource

I was cruising around LitReactor last night and happened upon a thread asking about Short Story Writing Resources. There was some discussion of Richard Thomas’ Short Story Mechanics course (which I cannot recommend strongly enough) and a few other links thrown in for good measure. One of those links, however, was new to me: ReadToWriteStories.com. I’m […]