Poetry Submissions for the Rest of Us

Constance/ September 2, 2019/ Essay, Writing

So, I’ve been reading submission guidelines while I search for places to home my poetry. A lot of them leave me scratching my head.  “We want poetry that makes our heart go POW and our head pop off the stem of our neck spouting blood like a geyser. We want work that zings our strings and causes a rabid dog

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Genre Reading and Writing. Arithmetic Free.

Constance/ August 5, 2019/ Essay, Writing

When it came time to choose a genre to write in I chose fantasy. As a longtime reader of Fantasy, Scifi, and everything in between, it seemed a natural fit. I was a latecomer to women’s literature and romance. It didn’t hold me the way fantasy did, although I like some romance in my fantasy, and not just Mage/queen/plucky necromancer

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Digging Weeds from the Story Garden

Constance/ May 19, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where my story is? There I was, skipping merrily down the path, sun shining, the birds maniacally tweeting, and my brand new sneakers soft and bouncy. The path ended abruptly. I smacked face first into a brick wall, bending my nose 20 degrees out of joint. Where did this brick wall

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And I Quote—

Constance/ April 23, 2019/ Writing

Quotes to feed your writer’s brain Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that

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On Berating My Obstinacy and Resolving to Try Something Different

Constance/ March 30, 2019/ Essay, Writing

I reread my last blog post and thought, man, what mule-headed stubbornness. Is that really me? Turns out it is. So my goal the past few weeks was to do some research into what I disdain in writing advice, and find a way to give it a try. I researched some authors I like, that offer classes and books on

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Ignoring Writing Advice

Constance/ March 14, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Ignoring Writing Advice I’ve never been much for following the rules. Which may or may not be why it takes me a year or more to write a novel. There is so much advice out there on how to get started, how to write, how to edit, etc. that is sometimes contradictory. I’ve sifted through the Internet, bought books, and

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Insulated Writing

Constance/ November 10, 2018/ Essay, Writing

There is another side to being a writer that seldom gets talked about. Writing as a form of insulation. Mass shootings, government in a death spiral, racism run amok. All these things make keeping a clear head for writing your novel difficult, even when you attempt to avoid the news, as I do. But the churning is insipid, creeping in

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This is Your Brain on Writing

Constance/ September 17, 2018/ Essay, Writing

As you may have noticed, I’m still pretty much Missing in Action on the Internet/Website/Blog. Still writing on the newest fantasy novel. With two weeks vacation at home, I managed to boost my word count to 80,000. The end is in sight. And I think I know how to get there. One thing I learned, that surprised me, was to

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Writing Torrent

Constance/ September 3, 2018/ Writing

Well, I’ve been gone a while I see. But it was for a good reason. I’ve been writing. No poems this time, I had an idea for a new novel so I dove right in and had my own personal NaNoWriMo. Except this one took 6 weeks for 50,000 words. Yeah, hard for me to believe, too. I’ve been averaging

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