For those of you who don’t know about Julia’s book, stick around ❤
The Artist’s Way
This is a creative writing method separated into 12 weeks. Julia writes about what creativity is and how to harness it. She suggests you read one chapter a week. There are a series of exercises you should complete along the way 🙂
Each day, write around three pages in a notebook. You don’t have to plan anything. Write whatever comes into your mind.
I picked up a notebook and reserved it for Morning Pages. I usually write these before I’m about to start work. I write down worries I have, bits of dialogue, or prayers. It’s a pure stream of consciousness.
Once a week, break your routine and take time for yourself. You might listen to music, go for a walk, explore ice caves or paint. Do something that allows you to relax and enjoy life.
Last weekend, I explored Cape Enrage. Wow! What a sight. Not only did I physically benefit from walking about, but I also came up with some new ideas for a short story.
I highly recommend both exercises.
Have Fun Writing
I hope you have a great rest of your week. In a month I’ll blog about my experience with The Artist’s Way.
What are you working on this month? I’d love to hear below ❤
I hope you had a good weekend. It was a full one but a fun one, for me. Today, I rested a bit and wrote a little. How are you all making out with writing this month?
So, I have two special submission opportunities seeing as I missed yesterday’s post.
Alas, have fun with these two ❤
Enchanted Conversation Magazine’s February “Love Issue”
OPEN until January 20th, 2019
They are looking for comics and stories that explore all aspects of love within myths, folktales, or fairy tales. Love can be tragic or magical, end happily ever after, or unrequited. Have fun with this submission!
You can use original characters or re-tellings of established stories. They seek stories set in locations around the world. You can go ancient or modern.
Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They aredue December 15th.
Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.
Keep reading to learn more about both!
Running for Good – and Walking Too!
Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.
The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.
They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.
Read more about potential topics here! You can submit your story here. Remember, stories are due December 15th.
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.
Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.
Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!
Poetry Contest Rules
Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.
Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date 🙂 Remember, they are due December 31st. Read more here.
Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❤
I’ve finished my Weird Christmas story from Day 1 and started Day 2’s submission 🙂 I’m writing a short story about a robotic dog and a little girl. The dog is inspired by my own Maggie, a sixteen-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who happens to celebrate her birthday on Christmas Day 😀
Yesterday’s submission looks fun too. I think I’ll try and work on that today.
I thought this opportunity looked pretty unique because they are a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) qualifying site. If you get a piece submitted, it will count towards your SWFA qualifications. Kinda cool, huh?
Let’s look at some more details.
They have four submissions a year. For this season, it begins on December 21st at midnight E.S.T. and ends on December 28th at midnight E.S.T.
They pay 6¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
Guidelines for Writers
They accept anything from 1000 word flash fictions on up. They do favor shorter pieces. Quality of writing, characters, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability all matter, even if you’re established or new.
They seek original work in fantasy, myth, legend, science fiction, and eldritch. It can be written, podcast, graphic story form, or video.
Humor and serious work are welcome. Read the About Us page for more information.
Hard Sells: Anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds, vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, Lovecraftian stories.
Email submissions to EnchantedCSubmissions@gmail.com
The subject line of the email should be: FAIRY TALE FLASH – your last name – title of your work. Example: FAIRY TALE FLASH – Dunn – “Your Title”
Write a short cover letter with the approximate word count of the story. Pen a brief author’s bio written in third person and up to three links to your personal website or social media accounts. Don’t summarize your story in the cover letter.
Include a Paypal address.
Paste your submission in the body of your email.
Single spacing. No indents on paragraphs. Double space between paragraphs. Use Arial as the font. Try to use American English word forms and punctuation.
Have fun with this submission! One of my stories was accepted through Enchanted Conversation. Check it out here!
What story will you write for this submission? I would love to hear below 🙂