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How to get published

How do you get published? Or, perhaps more to the point: How do you get people to pay you money for your writing? These are questions I hear a lot from writers who are new to the freelancing game and looking to write for magazines and websites. While I would love to help everyone find the answers to these questions, one of the first things you should know about freelancing and writing in general Continue Reading...

An open letter to media job boards everywhere

Here is the text of an email I just sent to Media Job Search Canada, and which I have forwarded to MediaBistro. It can equally well apply to media job boards everywhere that uphold this offensive policy of posting scam "jobs" meant to trick and/or entrap young, inexperienced writers: Dear Media Job Search Canada, As a hard-working freelance writer, I'd like to make a suggestion for your media Continue Reading...

End of novel, feeling fragmented

[caption id="attachment_434" align="alignright" width="372" caption=""Shards" (photo by Flickr user nualabugeye - back again soon)"][/caption] So... I finished my 3-day novel (and wrote about the experience for the Fuel Your Writing website here). It's more of a long short-story than a true novel. But that's about all I want to say about that, for now. I feel kind of drained, kind of Continue Reading...

Day 3: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="I look nothing like this photo, at this point. Picture my hair in the world's messiest bun, my shirt covered in stains, and you'll be approaching the idea."][/caption] It's the final day of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. It's 2:40 PM. I haven't written anything since 8:30 yesterday morning. The short story is that my Continue Reading...

Day 2: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_420" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Yes, I am still wearing the shirt. It still smells pretty fresh, so shut up. Also, I look much more harried than this, in real life. Srsly."][/caption] It's 7:57 AM on day two of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. The hubs is still in bed, there's laundry that needs doing, but screw it all. I've got my thinking cap on, cus last Continue Reading...