My 500 Words

Today I am starting to write 500 words every day, for 31 days straight. If it was good enough for Hemingway, it’s good enough for me, right?

I don’t know what I will achieve by this, but I do know that it is a necessary thing. I need to be writing. That’s simple enough, isn’t it? What else am I meant to be doing with my life, if not writing? Yes, I have work & the evening classes I’m doing, but it’s all too easy to get sucked away into the humdrum of existence and forget to look at the bigger picture.

Do the words need to all be apart of a larger, structured piece of work? No. I debated it, but that would be way too stressful. If they become part of something larger, then, all the better.

I am doing this with the help of a Facebook group called 1k A Day, and the #My500Words initiative set up by Jeff Goins (and these little guys!).

Working on Writing

The CONNECTION EDIT zine

Since I promised myself (and you, gentle reader) that I’d make the CONNECTION EDIT zine, I’ve been writing.

I’ve read so many articles titled something like How to create the habit of writing or 20 days to writing every day, and honestly the only thing I’ve learned is this:

Yoda adviceSo here’s what the writing I’ve been doing looks like. I thought I’d provide photographic proof so you’d know I’m not bullshitting:

Looking for literary magazines

I’ve also been looking for litmags to submit my work to. My foraging has brought up a few that look nice (if that’s a word that can be applied to a litmag):

I find it’s handy to rummage around the websites and blogs of writers that you admire to see where they’re getting published and check those places out. I’ll write a post on that later.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Poetry-Prize-logo-copy

This looks really interesting. I’m immediately in Roald Dahl/Ogden Nash mode. I found out about it on the writing.ie website.

Closing date: 31 March 2015

Prize: €1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar

Details: To celebrate the first year of The Caterpillar, an arts & literature magazine for children, we’re looking for a stand-out poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11) to which we can award a prize of €1,000. The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.

The prize will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth.

For further details go to http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com.

America Roadtrip to the MAX

So excited about the road trip! It’s been months in the planning and it’s finally here! I’ve done my best to find the most random or entertaining stuff to see or attend on the way. I’ve been to America a good bit before but my traveling companion has not and I am super psyched about New Orleans and eating deep fried butter at the Iowa state fair.

On my travels through the interwebs I came across a super infographic on what to do and where to go in America if you’re a hipster. It made me wish I had a mustache.

The roadtrip route map! Pretend it includes Orlando because it does.
The roadtrip route map! Pretend it includes Orlando because it does.

America Roadtrip For Hipsters

To celebrate this “not normalness” [of mini cars], we came up with a series of road trips illustrating that the America we live in can also sometimes be not normal.

Hipster Road Trip

There’s lots of other guides and articles and stuff about roadtrips and the planning of, but I thought I’d stick to infographics for this post because I love them extremely.

Hooray hooray! Any tips or insider knowledge of places to eat along the way? Because my lordie do I like me some good eatin’.

Weird, Wonderful, Writing Submission Opportunities & Hard Work

Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain. – ELIE WIESEL
Will Write for Chocolate
Will Write for Chocolate

 

 

It’s Monday! And on Thursday, I will be in New York City on the beginning of a month-long roadtrip to Iowa, New Orleans, Orlando, the Florida Keys and Miami.

What am I bringing? Three cameras, a notebook, three pens, and a pencil. I’ll be plugging out for all of August. Yeah baby yeah! Pretty excited about the long periods of adventure and writing time that lie ahead.

Do literary themes and symbols interfere with a story? What do you think? I wouldn’t say that they do, but then of course that’s what I’d say (given the way I write).

Is your book a rat king of impossible plots and subplots that you just can’t join up into a coherent whole? Honestly, you’re not alone. Seriously. Take comfort in How to Unravel the Impossible Knots of Your Plot.

Aside from themes, horrible plots and symbols, which can be a bit highfalutin for some, the advice that is most often given to writers by people who don’t really get writing is to “write what you know”. I know how to mow the lawn, should I write about that? – you may be thinking. What does it really mean to write what you know, though? What does that even goddamn mean?

What if you can’t write?

How about you? Do you have a great memory of something that went wrong?
How about you? Do you have a great memory of something that went wrong?

Some people might think that stuff like Story Ideas – Creative Writing Prompts are way too mechanical and dull for them – but lots of people disagree! Prompts can be so helpful when you’re just out of different ways to see things.

One that’s super awesome and you can download to your android is Writing Prompts. An article from Make Use Of also suggests these 7 apps, touting them as being 7 Apps That Will Help Motivate You To Write More.

What if you’ve gone the all-or-nothing approach and feel like if you’re not raking in fat stacks as a bestselling novelist, you might as well be dead and are taking up useful airspace that could be breathed in by more important people? If you’re feeling like that then failure is an option is definitely for you. We are too quick to give up and refuse to get up from our failures.

This one is allllllll me! Hands up if you don’t wanna write because you’re sleepy! Joe Bunting comes to the rescue here with How To Write When You’re Really Tired.

And finally, following Advice to Writers on Twitter has been really helpful (and consoling!), so give their website a look and give them a follow if you’re of the Tweeting persuasion.

Typography Interlude…

Water from Hyungsoon Joo on Vimeo.

Cool submission opportunities

  1. Eldritch Press Needs Steampunk Horror Stories for Anthology
  2. Milkweed Editions, a non-profit publisher of high-quality literature, has reopened its reading period (July to September) and is currently reviewing manuscripts from published and unpublished authors. Check out the details on Writing Career.

Weird and Interesting

Happy Monday!