As soon as that realization dawned and I acknowledged it, I was giving myself permission to put it down and stop struggling to read it. I wasn’t admitting defeat or giving up; I was just making a choice. Continue reading In Need of a Comforting Read: The Right Book At The Right Time Can Succor, Soothe, & Calm A Troubled Soul Or A Weary Mind » Changing Pages
It’s easy to forget that us editors are writers too. Of course we want to submit our work. Of course we want that bit of notoriety that comes along. But, like all writers, our work doesn’t just magic itself into a submissions box. We have to write and send it too. Just like you. Continue reading 100 + List Of Lit Mags/Journals/Presses To Follow & View — Because We’re Writers Too!
“The critical differences for writers usually fall into three areas: the reader’s knowledge about the topic; [their] attitude toward it, and [their] personal or professional needs.” Continue reading Successful Writers Know That Writing For A Stranger More Often Means That You Have To Find Common Ground Somewhere — But How?
“Holmes and Watson are different, though. Yes, you remember the stories in the way I just described – but there’s an added element. You have friends. The lithe chemist and sturdy military doctor walk beside you down the street, drink coffee with you, remind you to notice every detail and omit nothing. They are, in a word, real.” — Forest Leo Continue reading ‘What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Knew About Storytelling’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
“Next, beat yourself up a little bit. This is terrible. You are terrible. Come up with between three and 500 more ideas. You know what to do with them. Throw them out. All of them. Return to that first idea. Now it’s good. Magic! Or is it? If you are still thinking about it, it might be.” — Charles Yu Continue reading ‘How To Write A Short Story In 3 Simple Steps’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing
“All of this is only an instant, something I felt over the course of a single summer walk beside my mom. And yet this instant has stayed inside of me for two years now, and nothing has ever come of it except this essay, an answer to a question: What is writing like?” — Emily Ruskovich Continue reading ‘How To Ignore Your Instincts & Find The Real Story’ & Other Words | Signature’s Compact Guide to Short Story Writing