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On the 13th and 14th Day of Writing: Magical Mail & Cast of Wonders

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December 14th

Only ten days left! How are you all making out with these prompts? So far I’ve finished Weird Christmas, Dreaming Robot Press MG story, Iceland story, 2 poems for Blue Mountain Arts, and the self-acceptance piece.

I’ve really enjoyed dabbling in different genres. So fun!

Magical Mail Writing Contest

Write a letter for Legendary Letters! The letter should be around 3-4 paragraphs long, and 200-300 words each. You’re going to choose a character and holiday on their website.

Submissions are due December 15th at 11:59pm PST. Check out their website for more details 🙂

Cast of Wonders

This is a young adult short fiction market. They are open to stories up to 6,000 words long. They seek fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of human experience.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be anonymous.

They’re looking for stories that evoke wonder, are a little unreal, and resonate emotionally and deeply. They aim for the 12-17 age range.

Interestingly enough, the stories are presented in audio format! Readers cannot skim past ‘boring bits’. Cast of Wonders looks for stories that have well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and strong pacing.

They love high fantasy. Elves, secondary worlds, magic, and dragons! They also love modern, alternate history, and urban fantasy. They like science fiction like near and far future, space opera. They must be accessible to their target audience.

They’ll accept comedy, paranormal romance, superheroes, and steampunk. It should all inspire a sense of wonder.

Check out Staff Picks page to see some examples.

Preferences

Stories between 3000 and 4500 words and fit their target episode length of 30 minutes.

Flash fiction under 1000 words.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions

They do not accept multiple submissions from an author at the same time.

Happy Writing

I hope you have fun writing! Let me know what you’re working on below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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Staying motivated

April 18th, 2018

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Hi all *waves* How are you all making out? We are well over the halfway mark of April 😀 Today I am working on an edit letter for my critique partner and then plan to add some words to my Camp NaNoWriMo project later. After, household errands: clean the fridge, give Maggie May a bath, bake blueberry-banana muffins, and buy groceries.

Motivation and finishing projects 

Today, I thought I would talk about motivation. I have been thinking a lot about this lately. The never-ending energy I seemed to crackle with in November during National Novel Writing Month seems to have disappeared as of late.

I do notice a cycle with my creativity where in the fall, I find I can write thousands of words and my mind is simmering with new ideas. For some reason, the spring brings a new wave. I focus on edits and blog posts and research.

But I know that perhaps someday – if I am on a publishing schedule – I will need to switch the writing and editing hats effortlessly. So, how does one stay motivated? How does one focus on a project? Even if it may be the last thing you want to do?

1. Go for a walk 

Fresh air and pretty nature scenery tends to clear my mind and allow me to refocus. I can then usually come home and get to work.

2. Do something creative and different other than writing 

I like to bake or sew or make candles. My Mum is teaching me how to sew and it is a lot of fun to flex new creative muscles.

3. Magical cookies (from Susan Dennard) 

Write a list of the magical things or what Susan Dennard calls ‘magical cookies’ about your book, to try and generate that excitement again about WHY you wanted to write this particular story in the first place. Check out this link for more info about magical cookies.

4. Music

Listen to music that inspires you. Just breathe and be present with your project. Turn off Twitter, Facebook, and your phone. In this day and age, it is SO easy to get distracted. Try to have some quiet time with yourself and your story. Have a notebook nearby or your laptop so you can jot down any ideas that pop into your head!

5. Reward yourself

By making plans or marking events on my cute doggy calendar, I have a visual reminder of what is happening during the week. For instance, today I will be meeting a friend for lunch. That is something I am excited about so I will work extra hard this morning.

What motivates you and helps you stay on track? I would love to hear below in the comments 🙂

Until next time,

Loie xo