Writer’s Digest

As a break from wedding planning and my ESL course, I trolled through the Writer’s Digest website for interesting articles, and managed to find two!

The first provides advice on making time for writing, and it’s actually really helpful. I agree with the author’s point that we make our own time, and so complaining that we don’t have as much time as other people is silly. More importantly, there’s a great list of ten suggestion for how to “waste time effectively” by doing something writing-related, like organizing your notes, meditating or posting on your blog.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/make-more-time-for-your-writing

The second article talks about how traditional publishers are still worth sticking with. I’ve posted a few times about publishing, and the value of turning to smaller publishers or ezines, or even self-publishing, so I found this really interesting. As popular as self-publishing and independent publishers are becoming, the big publishing houses and pro magazines have earned their status for a reason, and so steering away out of principle is a good way to kill a writing career. If you want your writing to be well-known, even if you don’t care about being paid, you need to have some sort of presence in the mainstream realm of your genre. This is why I submit work to magazines like On Spec and Lightspeed, as well as fledgling magazines and start-ups. Check out the link below and feel free to let me know what you think.

http://writerunboxed.com/2013/08/03/5-reasons-to-turn-to-traditional-publishers-rather-than-self-publishing/

I’m also trying to get updates on some of my forthcoming publications with On Spec and Static Movement. More information will hopefully follow, but likely after my wedding 🙂

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