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Writing platitude #1

If you can say dumb things that sound profound, you are above the grade of a failed writer.

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Rejections. An editor’s perspective

Rejections. An editor’s perspective Some editors say that is not worth it to give personal rejections. Of course if you reply to a submission with the words like “your ending needs work,” that would open a rat’s nest of arguments … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me the moon is shining

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” –Chekhov   Broken glass after the Chekhovian gun has fired.

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From my work experience

Emergency room physician: Why are you taking this med? Patient: because the doctor prescribed it.

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How to write well

Turn letters into words, words into sentences, and sentences into wonders.

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Read flash

I read a lot of flash fiction for 5 reasons: 1. I started as a publisher a long time ago 2. I started as a reader even before that 3. I started as a writer before I could read 4. … Continue reading

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Pulling your leg

Caution: if you pull my leg and I pull yours, both of us won’t be able to walk.

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Never give up

I don’t give up submitting to the same #litmag, even after a dozen rejections. I tried to give up once, but I gave up on giving up.

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Five reasons for rejections

You’re not a Real Writer until the day you realize that a rejection doesn’t mean your story is bad but: 1. Another story is better 2. The editorial assistant partied the night before 3. The pub took all the stories … Continue reading

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The second to last prounun

You have to realize that the usage of the second pronoun in creative writing is overrated by the factor of 2.

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