Category: Writing Life

Piracy on the Pixel Sea: Ebook Piracy

Piracy on the Pixel Sea: Ebook Piracy

When I decided to make my short story free to read on my website, I had a whole rosary of things I worried over nightly. I’m new enough to publishing that I should worry about getting anyone to read my work. But mostly I worry about piracy. For example, Maggie Stiefvater’s experience. Stiefvater, author of …

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Audiobook!

Audiobook!

Back in June, I posted an article about recording an audiobook for Without Magic. Last weekend, it happened! I’m looking forward to sharing the finished audiobook with everyone. Why did I record an audiobook for a short story? I’ve been researching writers who make a living through self-publishing alone, and all of them share certain …

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What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

While researching ways to make a living as a professional writer, I’ve found heaps of articles about how difficult it is to do. However, I have also found some articles suggesting that it is becoming easier to make a living self-publishing rather than going the traditional route. I started to consider the pros and cons …

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Naming the Short Story

Naming the Short Story

I never know what to title anything I write, especially fiction. The short story has been called: “Chess Story” “The Un-Erotica/Non-Erotic story” “Holding Hands” “Smart Lady Gets Emotionally Bent” A former classmate told me that she only titles something when she’s on the final draft. The story will undergo so many changes that the title …

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The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

What better way to start the third draft than by banging my head against the wall? I’m at the point where I know for certain that my writing sucks. I am currently in the nadir of this timeline. The stakes aren’t high enough. The characters aren’t interesting. The premise isn’t interesting. What is the premise …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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Magical Art Camp and Audio Books

Magical Art Camp and Audio Books

I have been time-impoverished since last Friday due to a trifecta of family emergencies, deadlines, and preparing for my contract job as a counselor an interdisciplinary arts camp. I attended for three summers as a creative writing student, and the camp was one of the first places where I knew I had to step up my …

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I measure tables and chairs in libraries and cafes to make sure they are the right height for me to comfortably write in them. I’m too short for this stupid Earth.

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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