writer life

Poet’s Market Is a Scam


A while back, I wrote a post about the ugly minefield that is trying to find a legitimate literary magazine. Due to life getting really busy, I hadn’t had a ton of time to continue the search until a couple days ago. So, I sat down with my laptop, my spreadsheet of submitted works and completed works* and Poet’s Market 2017. (more…)


To Draft or Not to Draft?

Not sure how many drafts you should write before sending your work to beta readers or asking for feedback? Here's your answer.

How many drafts should you write before you get feedback from someone? Should you write the first, rough draft and let people read it or should you try to edit it first and then send it off?

— Jaime

That really depends on what you want from your readers.

It also depends on how polished your drafts are. Personally, I can’t just word vomit, so my first drafts are as edited as some people’s second and third drafts, and I’m usually okay sending off a first draft for feedback. But I know people who just spit out everything that comes to mind and like to edit a few times before they let anyone read whatever they’re working on. (more…)

How to Critique Creative Writing: A Comprehensive Guide for Readers

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One of the biggest problems I see facing young writers is a lack of constructive criticism. Bad books get self-published because friends and family didn’t want to be mean. People are delusional that they’re good writers because no one has ever told them otherwise.

And it’s hard, giving negative feedback. But it’s necessary. It’s so, so necessary. (more…)

Literary Magazines, or Why I Have a Headache

So, I’ve decided to take this whole writing thing seriously. (Who’s heard that before? Show of hands.) But actually.

For the past few days, I’ve been researching literary journals, trying to decide where the best place to send my poems (and essays and short fiction, if I ever manage to write them) would be. Not only are there literary journals, there are literary magazines and literary reviews and zines and things that vehemently deny labels, and no, I have no idea what the difference between them is. I’m starting to suspect there’s not really a definable difference. But, I digress. (more…)

What Writers Do (and Don’t Do)

I was talking with a friend the other day, one who knew I worked as a writer, and it came out in conversation that she just assumed I wrote everything by hand. Being a writer, this of course baffled me, but I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about writers in general, but especially about people who make a living from it. So, for those of you who aren’t writers, here’s a little primer for you… (more…)