Rejection Letter #6

It’s a strange experience when I speak to non-writers about receiving rejection letters. To the outside world, hearing nothing at all is the greatest of news. Inside a writer’s world, it’s silent code for “no, we are not interested in your work.” Which, if I’m being honest, stings a little. No one likes being ignored […]

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August 2017 Read-a-thon

Since the summer quarter of college ended, I couldn’t wait to get back into reading. There’s pleasure in reading because I want to and not because a paper is due next week.Β  From the moment I stepped into my apartment, I slid a book off the shelf. The sound of it was relief, a wantingΒ I […]

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Rejection Letter #5

If there is one consistent factor when it comes to querying, it’s the waiting game. It can take anywhere from weeks to months before you hear anything back. The phrase “No news is good news” is no longer a comfort. In the writing world, no news is the most commonly expressed NO.Β Two months ago, I […]

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Wordy Wednesdays: Sense Of Smell

Thanks to my love affair with Sleeping At Last’s latest releases, I’m inspired. This week, I want to explore the senses: smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. I won’t overwhelm you with them all this week but I can promise interesting ways to say “smells nice” and “that’s stinky”. Aromatic (adj.) – pleasant and distinctive […]

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Wordy Wednesdays: Colors

This week I’m going to define colors and not just the boring ones! Why is this important? Why can’t one simple shade of blue be enough? Well, when it comes to descriptive writing, color influences tone. Color can represent emotion. Color can also have an effect on the reader. For example, describing a sunset as […]

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What Is Magical Realism?

You and I both know I’ve been in a “defining genres” kind of mood. The other day, I came across a discussion between two people struggling to define the difference between the Magical Realism and Fantasy genres. I was intrigued! Despite hearing of Magical Realism and knowing a dozen agents on Manuscript Wishlist that wanted […]

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Rejection Letters #1-4

Dear Literary Agent, here is my heart and soul, my confetti ambitions; a stardust dream. Rake your eyes over my blood, sweat, and tears, a salty hope, a persistent drumming crashing through your Times New Roman font 12 “NOs”. I forgive you, I forgive you, I forgive you — And I’ll keep coming back for […]

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3 Apps for Writers

Gone are the days when writing was an affair strictly between pen and paper; fingertips and the keys of a typewriter. As technology advanced, so have the methods of writing. Today you can find a myriad of applications to use, whether on your laptop or smartphone, to enhance and compliment your writing experience. Here are […]

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