From the Editor – Conferences

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Networking is an important part of publishing. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. I’m away attending the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference (#FWA2014!), and networking here is more important than I ever realized. To be clear, I mean this as more than just meeting people that are interested in my work. Meeting those people is happening, and its an amazingly cool thing. I’d like to share a different take on networking, though.

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From the Editor – Critique

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One of the most important things a writer can do to get a feel for what’s happening in the literary community is read contemporary work. I often meet writers that don’t read literary journals or recently published books. This can be a huge mistake, especially if you’re trying to publish, since it’s important to understand your market. But there’s more to participating in your community and making a mark on it than staying current with what you’re reading. Critique is important as well.

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From the Editor – Banned Words

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I started this post by focusing on words, phrases, and plot points I see too often. It’s true that there are way too many stories built upon descriptions in pleasing sets of three (seriously, check out paragraph ten), or pieces that use birds as a metaphor way too often (same example). As you can see, I’m guilty too. I also end up reading a lot of pieces that begin with a character waking up in the morning and either ending when that character goes to sleep or with some kind of climax that isn’t earned by the plot itself, like a car crash or explosion. The further in I got into the post, though, the more I started getting bothered by the worst phrase of all: “I can’t.”

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From the Editor – Time to Write

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This is a sneaky post about solicitations, and what the heck to do when you get them. But it centers around making time to write, I promise. Here’s the thing: the more you publish, especially online, the more you’ll wake up once and a while to a magical email asking you to send work to Awesome Literary Journal. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will eventually, and you’ve got to be ready.

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