DELETE

I'm in the mood to destroy words! I think I'd better not, though, until at least a couple other people tell me the targeted words are bad. Otherwise I might just erase everything...

Start at the action

Now that I've got a bit of experience slush reading at our new magazine, I can say 'start at the action' with even more certainty than ever. When you're reading someone else's story, who you don't know, and have no preconceptions about, it is a lot easier to see faults. One fault being 'I have …

Dual mind

Writing takes love, self confidence, optimism, and hope in order to complete anything. But editing, I am coming to believe, takes hate, pessimism, and self-disgust. A writer has to be two people, two halves isolated from each other--the writing half is an excited person full of energy and love for the words they are creating …

The grind

I logged into my Submissions Grinder account for the first time since 2014, and boy did I used to submit a lot of stories everywhere... I miss that. Writing novels has kind of taken a lot of the excitement and feeling of making progress out of writing for me, since they take so damn long. …

Multitasking with words

I wish I could write two things at once. But I'm terrible at focusing my attention, and anything that took my mind away from my current novel would have to be very short indeed, or risk me never going back to what I'm doing now... Should I try flash fiction again? Maybe. I've never found it very fulfilling but …

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