“History’s Middle Children: Nine Minority Characters Which Need More Press and Some Tips on How to Write Them” by Genelle Chaconas

  The canon doesn’t represent us; it was written by rich, overeducated, able-bodied, academic cis hetero white guys long, long ago in a villa on a Martha’s Vineyard far, far away. We care about social justice, and hope to write complex characters which challenge power structures we hope to alter. Challenging stereotypes can be difficult, …

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“But If You Try Sometime You Just Might Find…: Turn Creative Blocks into Active Rewriting Sessions” by Genelle Chaconas

  You open your notebook, flip to a crisp page, uncap your pen and hesitate with that doe-in-the-headlights terror. You open your notebook, your fingers poised above the keys, typing, then erasing, then typing the word “the”, over and over again. And realize as the seconds tick by and the paranoia grows that absolutely nothing is there. …

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“No Sense of Common Decency: How to Get Your Rough, Squeamish, Weird and Wooly Writing Published” by Genelle Chaconas

You’re a wild writer. Being a wild writer, you write a lot of crazy things nobody in their right mind would publish. Keep it in your notebook? No. I dare you to submit your weird work anyways. Here is a short list of un-publishable writing and how you could submit anyways on Poets & Writers, …

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‘The Guidelines for the Guidelines: Advice on How to Not Drive Submitting Writers Insane’ by Genelle Chaconas

Congratulations, you’re starting a new literary publication! You built an awesome website (or on Wix, WordPress, whatever works), advertised, created the publication’s social media accounts, gathered your merry band of head editors and volunteer readers. You’re ready to go live and read submissions. But wait, hold that Publish button: you may have forgotten something. Hit …

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Killing Your Darlings: On the Submissions, Rejections, Acceptances, and Why to Bite the Bullet and Do It… by Genelle Chaconas

  Congratulations! You’ve written an awesome piece. You wrote, edited, rewrote, you cut-up, you first thought best thought, you summoned the muse, you just did it. To quote Richard Brautigan: “so what?”* You might perform at the local open mic or workshop it with a group, and you’re going to spend many nights up late …

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