Why I Stopped Questioning My Own Writing Process #writer – Written By Lucy Mitchell

Thanks for a great article about other writer’s writing process vs. our own. I think I still need to learn how to do what you did already.


I love experiencing what I call a writing epiphany. They’re not regular occurrences and I think this is what makes them so wonderful. Mine always seem to occur while I am in my little car on my way to work at around seven in the morning. This is the time of the day when my brain will be chewing over an aspect of my WIP or a writing issue and then it will make a shocking revelation. I will then whisper, ‘OMG’, squeal with delight as everything has suddenly made sense, babble about the epiphany to myself for a mile or so and then turn up my 80’s hits for a celebratory sing-song. My day at work will then be a breeze. As I said above these are NOT regular occurrences.

Well, I had one of these moments a few weeks ago. I realized it was time to stop…

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How To Survive Deleting Characters #AmWriting #WritingCommunity – Written By Lucy Mitchell

Thanks so much for this very educational and supportive article on your blog Blonde Write More, on how to survive deleting characters. So far I haven’t had to do that yet – but I admit, I had to kill one of mine which nearly broke my heart.


Writing the death of a much-loved character can be demanding and can leave you emotionally wiped out.

Did you know that there is another literary situation which can be just as challenging and one which can cast a nasty gloom over your writing life – deleting a character from your story.

I am not talking about deleting a random minor character; a fictional person who you created one day after too much coffee and inserted into the middle of your novel, just to beef it out (technical literary term) and then deleted them the following day after realising your stupidity. *Sigh*

No. I am talking about those major changes to a draft which result in you deciding to get rid of a key character.

I guarantee this fictional person will have been with you since the start of your story and someone who you have history with. You and this character will have been through some stuff; your rocky first draft, that dreadful second draft which no one liked, your third draft where you felt all hope was lost and the fourth draft which resulted in you wondering why the hell you had ever taken up writing.

You and this character will have shared story in-jokes. They will have been there for you during the bad times. You know them inside out and they are like a good friend.

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How To Survive Being Married To A Writer #WritingCommunity – Written By Lucy Mitchell

Lucy Mitchell published a very helpful post on her ‘Blonde Write More’ blog. The post is mainly helpful to a writer’s better half and I think she gets a few points that not only made me smile but nodding enthusiastically. See for yourself. Thanks so much, Lucy!


It’s not easy being married to a writer. We are strange creatures.

Here are some useful tips on how to survive being married to a writer:

1. Accept the fact that you will spend a lot of your marriage talking about people, events and locations that don’t actually exist.

2. When your writer wakes you in the small hours with an amazing new idea for their next story you need to wake up, switch on the light and let them talk it through. Moaning about what time it is, how tired you are and what you have on at work is not going to help your writer. This is a big moment for them, it’s the birth of something wonderful. Your support is needed 24-7.

3. Marital relations and their writing ‘ups and downs’ will become interlinked. When their writing is going well you can expect good times, kisses and smiles. When their writing is not going so well you can expect tension, tears and tantrums.

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October & November 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli has listed the current October/November writing contests for us. Thank you so much for your ongoing hard work for all of us, Rachel!


Here is the updated list for September & October 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

October 2019

Genre: Fiction
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: First – $2,500

 

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Website: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

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March & April 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli informs us about the March/April 2019 writing contests. Once more she took all the efforts to keep us updated. Thank you very much, Rachel!


Here is the updated list for March & April 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

March 2019

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Submissions OPEN: March 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $10 per six poems ($15 for 12 poems)
Prize: First – $500

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Entry Fee: $26
Prize: First – $2,500

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March & April 2019 writing contests

 

Why Writing Short Stories Help You – Written By Rachel Poli

Last week I found an interesting blog post on Rachel Poli’s blog, where she explains why writing short stories helps writers. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and insight.


I didn’t start to appreciate writing short stories until fairly recently. I always viewed short stories as something “quick and easy” to write. Of course, they’re not easy to write at all. Just because they can be 5,000 words as opposed to 50,000 words doesn’t mean it’s faster or easier. Another thing I thought was that writing novels was “better” for your writing. I figured the more I write, the more I would improve. Writing one long story isn’t the only way to “write more” though.

Short Stories Help You Tighten Your Words

One great thing about short stories is that it helps you learn how to tighten your words. It’s easy to ramble and to describe something that doesn’t matter. Especially if you’re just trying to get the words down, it’s super easy to get excited about quantity over quality.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/02/19/why-writing-short-stories-help-you/

February & March 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us once again with the monthly writing contests for February/March 2019 writing submissions. Thank you very much for all your efforts, Rachel!


February 2019

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Running for Good – and Walking too
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre: Flash Fiction (53 words – no more, no less!)
Theme: The high road
Website: Press 53
Deadline: February 21, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

 

To read the entire article with all contests, go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/02/06/february-march-2019-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

Rachel Poli Had Me As A Guest On Her Blog Today

Thank you very much for featuring me on your blog with my interview, Rachel Poli. It was such a pleasure to be your guest!


Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Aurora Jean Alexander. I grew up in a family involved into politics and was blessed with an excellent education in several countries, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in BA. I was very lucky. I’m living by myself with three cats, working a full time job and I am a new Paranormal Romance/Fantasy author. Currently I work on a series with 13 books. My first book is close to be published.

 

How long have you been writing for?

I doubt I can tell you one particular time or even time frame when I started writing. I felt that’s what I wanted to do. Since I lack a talent in painting and drawing I had to do something with my creativity and decided that’s the way to do it.

What motivates you to write? How did you begin writing?

I’m not sure there ever was “a start”. I learned to write at the age of four and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

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https://rachelpoli.com/2018/12/10/meet-aurora-jean-alexander-author-author-interview/

 

How To Guard Your Writing Time – Written By Ari Meghlen

I found a guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog. Ari Meghlen writes about how to guard our writing time. Thank you very much Ari and Rachel!


Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.

Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.

So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:

Set a Commitment

Give yourself a commitment. Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write. Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.

Decide the Outcome

Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays. If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day. If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.

To continue reading go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/11/27/how-to-guard-your-writing-time-guest-post/

November & December 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us with another set of Writing Contests for November and December 2018. Thank you very much for your endless work, Rachel!


 

November 2018

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Short short story
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15, 2018 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: Grand – $3,000

Genre: Poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Entry Fee: Free or $3.00
Prize: Publication

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Life lessons from the cat
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

To read the entire post, please go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/11/05/november-december-2018-writing-submissions-writing-contests/