I’ve always struggled with finishing what I start. It’s probably a foundation stone in my personality. Great at starting things. Trash at finishing them. Except books, for some reason. Reading them, I mean. Writing them? Well… let’s talk about that. And some other stuff.
Today on the Writescast Network, I’m sharing my thoughts on Making Good First Impressions when writing and submitting stories to paying markets. If you’re a new writer thinking about sending a story to a magazine, I encourage you to check it out.
A couple of weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion during Lesley University’s 2020 Creative Writing MFA winter residency. The topic: “Writing in a Time of Climate Anxiety.” Together, I and the other panelists talked about the need for writers to start writing stories that matter.
It’s that time of year again, when I and 3,700 other aspiring authors try out for Pitch Wars. Let me take a moment to tell you all about it.
Setting sail inside a tin can, in enemy waters, and someone on board isn’t feeling quite well. What could possibly go wrong? My review of 100 Fathoms Below.
Most of us create first drafts that need quite a bit of work before they’re doing what they need to do. Maybe you’re the type of writer who never looks back while writing that first draft until you’ve typed the words The End. Or, perhaps you tend to write novels a bit at a time, and you pause to revise as you go. Regardless, there will be a first draft to deal with, and it will inevitably take a few passes to get it right. The key to revising well is to see it as an opportunity, not an ordeal.
For any aspiring author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror fiction, Boskone is one of the best, most supportive communities in New England.
Boskone56 is nearly upon us! Who’s excited? Me! Last year at this time, I was a hot mess. Boskone55 being my very first convention ever, I had no idea what to expect. I knew authors were going to be there, talking on panels, signing autographs, walking around in the halls, talking to people, and existing in …
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s #IWSG day! That would be the Insecure Writer’s Support Group if you didn’t know, started by the esteemed Alex J. Cavanaugh. Be sure to pop over to the website and check it out. You’ll find a fantastic community of like-minded writer types, all at varying stages …
I just read a The Martian, a book loved dearly by a LOT of people. I, however, didn’t love it. In my review, I discuss elements of this book that failed me.