Category: writing

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Greetings, Exalted Editor

Rejection sucks, right? I know. I’ve been there (and will be there again, and again, and again…). The annoying this is that the more you submit your work, the more rejections you get back. At least until you hit that magical point of literary fame where no magazine would dare refuse your work! But then,...

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Happy 2019! Or, a year for practice and process

I love New Year’s Day. It’s not the drinking (although don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good drink), or counting down to midnight, or setting off firecrackers and noise makers. No, I love New Year’s Day because it’s a fresh start. Ultimately, it’s a completely arbitrary fresh start. It’s a psychological trick that we...

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2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups. I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year. Still, I made some...

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My old “friend” imposter syndrome

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like you’re faking it and you just know someone is going to find out? I do. All the time. At least once a day, usually more often, I think things like: Am I really a writer? Am I a real creative writing teacher? Is my writing any good,...

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I wrote 50,000 words this month!

A few minutes ago, I validated my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s the first time I’ve written 50,000 words in 30 days since 2011, or 7 years ago. Coincidentally, my first-ever NaNo win came in 2008, so snagging a win this year feels especially apropos. I ended the month with 50,313 words (by NaNoWriMo’s count). Of...