Category Archives: Writing tips

When Is Determination Insanity?

A popular saying is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Then what would you make of Jack London who suffered 600 rejections before getting his first story accepted? Van Gogh created … Continue reading

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Applying to More Literary Reviews

The creative nonfiction essay I’ve been submitting to various outlets (internal link) has again been rejected. That makes six rejections so far. Today I submitted it to six more Reviews, three of them open call, two of them contests, one of them … Continue reading

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Blocking Out an Article

I’m writing an article on a complex subject. The Newlands and Washoe Projects. (internal link) My account doesn’t move in a straight line, like one done in a chronological order. Instead, to make the story readable, I am having to move in … Continue reading

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What Not to Write About

March 13th Update: I’ve decided on a word limit, probably 2,000 words, but I am also going to do a one page timeline. I’ve always liked timelines because they give you at a glance all the important parts of a story. … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With the Literary Review World

I enjoy getting e-mail newsletters from Submishmash Weekly. They’re produced at Submittable.com. These e-mail newsletters describe calls for entries, recommended reading and opportunities in the eclectic literary review community. Topics in the most recent newsletter include deflating the cult of Shakespearean … Continue reading

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Try Eliminating “Was” and “Is”

“Was” and “is” are easy to write but they deaden sentences. A quick first draft: Elko County is in northeastern Nevada. It was founded on March 5, 1869. It was created out of Lander County. Elko County’s population is 48, 818. … Continue reading

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What is a Book Without Pictures?

                        “A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds a globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left rests on … Continue reading

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