July 25, 2013

10 Things I Wish I Knew As A Beginning Writer

I’ve been writing for nearly twenty years. The writing bug bit me in tenth grade when I was given an assignment to write a short story. It was a comedy piece about taking my driver’s test. The teacher read it aloud, the class laughed and I was hooked. Since then I’ve held a succession of…

Cutthroat: Open To Submissions

Cutthroat is an established journal that has print and online editions. They are currently reading for the print only issue. They are very picky and accept very few submissions so an acceptance from them is a serious compliment. They accept short fiction and poetry. Submit no more than one story (less then 5,000 words in…

Writing Prompt: Multiple Angles

This exercise involves several steps. The only material you need is a pen (or pencil), a piece of paper, and a timer. Once you have all your materials set up, picture a character in your head. After you have thought about the character for a minute or two, set a timer for five minutes. Write…

Inspirational Quote of the Week


July 17, 2013

Writing Prompt: Genre Twist

There are writers who always write horror, those who always write romance, and those that jump around a lot from sci-fi to literature and mystery all in the space of one week. But even for those flexible writers there are genres they avoid. I do not like to read or watch horror, so the idea…

Crannóg: Now Open To Submissions

Crannóg is a print literary journal based out of Galway, Ireland that publishes work from all over the world. They are established and respected and they just re-opened to submissions for a month. They are only open to submissions three months a year: July, November and March. They publish three aesthetically pleasing journals a year….

West Wind Review

West Wind Review is published annually at Southern Oregon University. They are a print publication that is established, experimental, and fun. It is always good to be published in a journal associated with a university. It tends to give the journal a more serious reputation. West Wind Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poems….

July 10, 2013

The Southeast Review

The Southeast Review is one of the most prestigious and established journals out there. Once your work is chosen by them for publication, other journals and publishers are likely to take you a lot more seriously. Because it is so prestigious and established The Southeast Review gets an opportunity to look at so much work…

July 2, 2013

Writing Prompt: A Few Words

When you write you often discover that you favor certain words. Maybe you really like the word red, or metronome, or poem, and those words crop up frequently. You might not notice it when writing fiction, but in poems where the language is more sparse it becomes obvious. This exercise is to write a poem,…

Inspirational Quote of the Week

  When you are a new writer, one of the hardest things is to be open to criticism. After all when I was still learning, I didn’t understand the concept of editing. I wanted everything to be good on the first try. This is rarely the case. The more you write the more you learn…