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You’ve Submitted Your Writing—Now What?

You’ve gone through the difficult process of writing and revising a piece, and you’ve tediously submitted your work for publication. What can you expect when you finally hear back? When can you expect to hear back? How common is rejection?

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Art and Literature vs. Propaganda

I’ve been revisiting an idea that has become somewhat foundational to how I write: art vs. propaganda. It’s a distinction not made enough I think, and it’s one of those distinctions that can be fairly helpful. You may now be asking, What’s the difference between art and propaganda? Does it even matter?

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Editing My Manuscript – Revision Update 1

One project I’ve been attempting to bring to the front burner—giving it much-needed priority—is my manuscript. After finishing drafting it, I’ve moved into the editing stage, bringing on a whole new scope of writing challenges.

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How to Submit Your Writing

Trying to navigate submitting your writing can be wildly overwhelming. What should your cover letter look like? How should you format your writing? What technicalities are you overlooking? What if you don’t get a reply from the journal? How do you even track all the submissions?

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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (Book Review)

I read Ender’s Game for the first time many years ago, but after rereading it a few years later, I remembered how much I loved the novel. Since then, I’ve reread it twice, each time only increasing my love of the book. I never ventured further into the series, though. Part of me was afraid that the other books in the series wouldn’t be able to live up to the first book. But this summer, I decided I would finally read the next book—a decision I do not regret.

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Where Should You Submit Your Writing? (Ultimate Guide part 2)

Last week, I talked about everything you need to know before submitting your writing and where to find some publications. If you missed that post, you can find it here. This week, I’ll talk about how to narrow down your list of publications so you can pick the ones that are best for you and your writing.

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The Ultimate Guide To Getting Your Short Stories and Poems Published (part 1)

Want to be published? Ready to submit your writing? This is my ultimate guide to submitting your short stories, short creative non-fiction, and poems. I’ll be breaking everything down into easy-to-follow steps. I’ll be talking about all the nitty-gritty details so you can understand each step of the process and find a home for your writing.

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The English Language Is Dead… And We Have Killed It.

I was falling down a linguistic Wikipedia rabbit hole the other day but came to an abrupt stop after seeing something called the quotative like . Essentially, linguists have a term for when we use like to introduce a quotation. It blew me away that such a colloquial phrase had a term (though in reality, I should have expected this—linguists are really good at analyzing both formal and colloquial forms of language).

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Why I Re-read and Why You Should Too

I had a friend tell me once that she reread books—or at least was willing to reread a book so we could read through it together. The idea completely surprised me. Why would I read a book I’d already read? It made no sense.

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Content Incoming!

Hi, all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted–life got busy. But now, life should be less busy enough for me to bump my blogging up higher on my priority list.

What’s coming?

My plan/hope is to do weekly posts for the next while. These may range from longer form content to shorter posts, maybe some art, and perhaps writing project insights/updates along the way.

One thing I will be doing to give myself a little more freedom and breathing room is not as carefully proofreading my posts (if at all), so if there are errors, please forgive them. I’ll be saving my proofreading efforts for my other writing–like my creative projects.

Speaking of which, I’ve got a few creative projects coming down the pipeline. I’ve got two speculative short stories in the works and a longer manuscript that I’ll be working on–through they each are at different stages (but all are completely drafted).

That’s all for now, though!

Thanks for reading!

~Alex