I’m the fastest man in the world. No, I’m not Usain Bolt. And I’ve never been in the Olympics. And I’m not even the fastest man in the world anymore. But I once was: You see, “fastest man in the world” can take on all meanings. You could be the fastest at eating a pound … Continue reading Anyone Can Set a World Record. Here’s How.
I began working on my current novel-in-progress over seven years ago. Back in 2013, I made the noble goal to have it finished and sent out to agents and publishers by the end of the year. That didn't happen. Not even close. I thought about making the same goal again this year, but then I decided … Continue reading On Writing in a Hurry (Or Not)
If you want to piss off a writer, charge a submission fee. It seems like nothing bothers writers more than being told they have to pay for something. How dare a magazine charge us just to read our work! It’s an outrage! They should make their money by selling subscriptions and ad space! More ads, … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Submission Fees Really Aren’t the Scourge of the Publishing World
A few weeks ago, I welcomed a new baby girl into my life. My writer bio now contains the line "lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughters." It almost seems surreal. I could go on and on about how beautiful she is and how lucky I am as a father, but we all know … Continue reading Finding Time to Write with a New Baby
It's that time of year again. Writers everywhere reflect on what they've accomplished in the past 12 months and begin to set their goals for the next 12. As you finish calculating your total word count and acceptance ratio from 2014, here are some things to think about for the next year. It's obviously important … Continue reading 5 Writing Resolutions to Avoid in 2015
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a story that led me to develop the one-sentence test. For the sake of anonymity, I don't want to get into too many details about the story, but the "plot" was generic enough to share. The story was about a fart that led to a breakup. That was … Continue reading The One-Sentence Test: Do You Have Enough Story?
We all like having our name up in lights. But what happens when some of those light bulbs burn out? Over the course of the past ten years, I've had around 250 short stories published in various online and print venues. I won't kid myself or stroke my own ego; most of these publications are … Continue reading What To Do When Your Published Stories Disappear
Being a writer is tough, but there are plenty of reasons why we should be thankful (even if we occasionally spiral into some weird state of depression that prevents us from writing anything worthwhile). Here are 7 things I am thankful for as a writer: 1. Having time to write 2. Having editors who find … Continue reading 7 Reasons Every Writer Should Be Thankful
Writers are probably the most rejected people in the world. You'd think after all that rejection you'd be able to take a hint. Yet many writers don't seem to be able to read between the lines when it comes to the contents of their rejection letter. Here's a quick anecdote regarding a writer who has … Continue reading What Your Rejection Letter Really Means
A writer recently provided this response to my criticism regarding her lack of quotation marks: "I was trying something new." My follow-up question: "Why?" Before you get upset and label me as some awful traditionalist, let's take a step back. First off, I think experimenting is very important for a writer. We must experiment. We … Continue reading Where Are Your Quotation Marks? Thoughts on Writing Experiments