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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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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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

What I’ve Learned from Editing My Own Writing

My two main projects have moved from the drafting stage into the editing stage. This isn’t my first rodeo with editing, and between other projects I’ve edited and these two pieces, I’ve learned a lot about how to edit my own work. Editing one’s own work isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve learned a few lessons along the way.

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Why I Love Writing

I’ve been thinking lately about editing—about how difficult it is to edit one’s own writing—mostly because both of my current main projects are in the editing phase. In the writing stage, I told myself to keep writing so that I would have a finished draft. And now that I’m done drafting, I tell myself to keep editing so I can finish these projects and begin drafting a new project. Somewhere in this thought process I realized that I don’t like writing: I don’t like drafting, I don’t like editing, I don’t like rewriting, and I don’t like more editing. So why do I still write?

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