Three posts in three days?! What fresh madness awaits.
I was interviewed for Losing the Plot podcast and had a jolly old time, I think we got on very well. We chatted about writing, writing tips, Kurosawa, The Greasy Strangler and owning up to the embarrassing stuff. Enjoy!
Merry morn to you all! Although, it’s probably not morning where you are. And maybe not so merry. But it will be merry with all these lovely advice videos I handpicked just for you!
Without further ado, the first one is called The Top 5 Mistakes Amateur Writers Make
This one is a crazy length (about an hour and a half) but just pretend you’re at a college lecture – Writing Tips And Advice From Lovecraft Ezine Editor Mike Davis
This one is from a friend of the ‘vlogbrothers’, who are two professional writers who also make videos. It’s called Dare To Suck
This one is called Writing for Magazines: Top Tips by Freelance Writer Linda Formichelli and Editor Laura Pepper Wu
This is from the same channel, called: What a literary agent wants! With Rachelle Gardner
I decided to upload my experience at a suspension party on the BME (Body Modification Ezine) site and it’s there now for all to see. Of course, you could read it here in Tales of the Slightly Unexpected. Maybe do both, at the same time?
In other news, I’m having to fill out an author’s profile on the Forbidden Fiction website and I was sorely tempted to include this as my picture:
We’ve all been there: you close your eyes and see an imaginary world and the people in it so clearly, along with plot twists that leave the reader enthralled – yet the end result is a mess. Here American radio personality Ira Glass offers his thoughts:
Recently I sent a short story to a magazine, and it was rejected. So? I hear you cry, this happens all the time. Do not sully our eyes with such pointless jibber jabber. Get thee forthwith into a nunnery, or at least next door.
What made this rejection interesting, my little slices of pepperoni, was the list of links they sent me. Websites with a range of publications that take short stories! They were: New Pages, Poets and Writers website, a list of Poetry Publishers who accept Electronic Submissions, a list of Online Literary Journals and a list of Literary magazines.
As well as that I discovered a benefit from following Neil Gaiman on Twitter other than being able to ask him directly if I can lick his face (I don’t really do that. Or do I?). The other day he posted this link, which appears to be a site called LitReactor, ‘a compendium of top advice from Contemporary Authors.’ Apparently it’s from the team that brought you ChuckPalahniuk.net, the site full of advice and workshops for cult writers, Chuck being the author of such cult classics as Fight Club.
Go on, you know you want to…