Elizabeth Sims, Fiction Lengths, Critique Groups

In today’s Journal * Elizabeth Sims and Fiction Lengths * Critique Groups * Of Interest Elizabeth Sims and Fiction Lengths In Elizabeth Sims’ article on why fiction writers should write short stories (see “Of Interest”) I was pleased to see her offer “a general guide on length and terminology.” It spurred me to look at my own fiction length and pricing guide, and to revise it for the first time since 2017. I use fiction lengths and terminoloy to determine price. There’s no difference in how I price a short story and how I price a long short story (novelette), … Read more

The Secret to Being Prolfic

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Topic: The Secret to Being Prolfic * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Sure you can, Harvey. ‘Can’t’ never did anything.” My stepmom, about 65 years ago when I complained that I couldn’t do something. I owe her my Marine Corps career, and I owe her my writing career. “May your future be limited only by your dreams.” Christa McAuliffe Topic: The Secret to Being Prolfic First, the secret to being a prolific … Read more

The Journal: How to Write Faster

In today’s Journal * “Of Interest” Is No More * How to Write Faster * Size Really Doesn’t Matter * The Numbers “Of Interest” Is No More After years of including an “Of Interest” section in the Journal I’ve discontinued it. I’ve realized there are no longer any writers out there who are both actively teaching and who can teach you more than I can about the craft of writing. Most of those who do purport to teach simply regurgitate the same old myths you’ve been hearing during most of your life. You can easily find them all over the … Read more