How to Write a Blog Post that Will Generate Millions of Pageviews and Thousands of Shares

Every blogger dreams of creating that one piece of content that goes viral. And almost every blogger has been so confident in a piece they’ve written that they were ready to celebrate their success before they even published it. But almost all of those bloggers came back the next day to find their post had … Continue reading How to Write a Blog Post that Will Generate Millions of Pageviews and Thousands of Shares

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How to Kill Your Darlings (And What to Do with Them When They’re Dead)

Every story I’ve ever written has had at least one great sentence (that is to say all my stories have at least one sentence I think is just fabulous). Even my worst stories contain at least one nugget of infinite wisdom that makes me say, “Damn, this is brilliant! I’m a literary god.” But a … Continue reading How to Kill Your Darlings (And What to Do with Them When They’re Dead)

8 Guaranteed Ways to Become a Best-Selling Author

I’ve never penned a bestseller but dammit, I’ve read a handful of them, so I know exactly what it takes to write one. Given the time and resources, I’d probably pump out dozens of them. I’d have myself a mansion with an enormous library, a leather chair, and one of those big ass ladders so … Continue reading 8 Guaranteed Ways to Become a Best-Selling Author

How to Write: A Seven-Step How-To Guide for Writers Who Don’t Feel Like Writing

I haven’t written much lately, at least not personally. Most of my day is spent writing in an office which may explain, at least in part, why I’ve forsaken my fiction and personal blog writing so much as of late. I can easily fall back on the "I'm tired of writing" or "I don't have … Continue reading How to Write: A Seven-Step How-To Guide for Writers Who Don’t Feel Like Writing

8 Things I Learned From Running a Literary Magazine for 8 Years

Running a literary magazine is a lot of work. It’s also a great learning experience. Here are eight important things I learned during my eight years as founding editor of Bartleby Snopes. 1. Most Writers are Good People. Sure, there are a few jerks who respond to rejections with a tirade of profanity, but the … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned From Running a Literary Magazine for 8 Years

How to Get Published And Still Be a Failure

As writers, one of our top goals is always to get published. Obviously we expect fame and fortune to accompany every publication, but oftentimes a mere acceptance will satisfy our desire for literary greatness. But there’s one major problem with the “I must get published” attitude. Getting published should not and cannot be your endgame. … Continue reading How to Get Published And Still Be a Failure

When to Pull the Plug on an Acceptance

Having a story accepted is a huge accomplishment for any writer. Unfortunately, having a story accepted sometimes doesn’t turn out as planned. What starts as a celebration sometimes ends in months of waiting and agony, ultimately culminating in us having a story that needs another home. A few months ago, a friend and fellow writer … Continue reading When to Pull the Plug on an Acceptance