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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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Persist

Not to be discouraged by rejections is a good first step but the next one is to be persistent. Edit the old stuff, write the new and send them out. The story unsent is a dead story

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Mark’s rules of writing

Add layers. The more you have, the better. Don’t worry if some readers would miss them. The better ones won’t. Banish cliches. A bit of irony won’t hurt in most cases. Don’t moralize. There are enough preachers besides you. Don’t … Continue reading

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Always

When I see the word “always” in the question, e.g. “is writing always fun?” I always say no.

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The social media

Most of the social media is empty of nuances but full of rage.

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Ayatollah Ahasuerus

Just in time for Purim that is coming on March 1, Ayatollah Ahasuerus of Iran married a nice Jewish girl Esther. But her elderly cousin refused to bow to the Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Haman. Haman decided to … Continue reading

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Print Issue 50 of Vestal Review

Print Issue 50 of Vestal Review is ready for your perusal.

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Against blacklisting

The role of a literary magazine editor is to improve the world by publishing better stories and poetry and not by punishing writers for their wrongs through blacklisting.

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