Posts tagged writing
Posts tagged writing
Joe Hiland, The Indiana Review‘s fiction editor, has some advice for writers who submit to his (or any) magazine.
We at HOOT talk about these sorts of things a lot when looking through our submissions for what we want to publish. After all, it’s not just about what suits our tastes, but also what is new/exciting/pushing buttons in the form!
We’re recommended on Goodreads as “ the best so far” in terms of cool places to publish poetry.
This is a helpful thread, so check it out!
RJ Ellory, award-winning author of crime novels such as A Simple Act of Violence and A Quiet Belief in Angels was blasted by fellow crime writer Jeremy Duns for posting glowing reviews of his own work on Amazon under the pseudonym “Nicodemus Jones.”
After Duns exposed Ellory on Twitter, the author had no choice but to fess up to calling A Quiet Belief in Angels “a modern masterpiece” that “will touch your soul.”
For the record, I think the HOOT tumblr counts as “shameless self promotion through all available internet media” vs. increasing your Amazon hits…maybe. At least we’re honest when we say we think we’re awesome!
P.s. We try to post reviews of what other people think of us, too, just in case you don’t think we have enough evidence.
This one’s a little cynical, but we figure that people are nice and rested from the Labor Day weekend. Also, he draws hands in a really cool way.
HOOT’s fantastic online issues may have not made the cut, but check out these other greats (especially if you are looking to procrastinate on something important).
…which means you should really start working on your writing again!
Join us tonight at 9pm EST and until 10.30 EST for the coolest online literary crit session ever!
Y’all should know the drill by now, but if not, here goes:
Most of the HOOT staff (3 out of 4) will be sitting in a specially created chat room (which you can find by clicking http://www.hootreview.com/workshops) to talk about your writing! Bring a piece, 150-words or less and in any stage of the process, and let’s discuss! Or, if you don’t have a piece, help us work through others’ pieces!
Why you should do this:
If those things don’t convince you, you’re probably hopeless.
We hope to see you there!
So in case you need one more reason to visit out HOOT chats on Wednesday night from 9-10.30 EST, here’s a testimony from 3labs, a frequent user, about how awesome we are:
“I just started writing poetry a few months ago, learning in on-line classes. I stumbled upon Hoot and their chat workshop just by chance as I was exploring the online world of poetry. I went to one a month ago—-and have not missed one since! It’s a bit of free-for-all experience whether you are discussing another participant’s poem or sitting back and watching the group discussing yours. One of things that I found quite useful when my own work is being discussed is to be able to see points of critique that everyone seems to agree with and those in which there is disagreement. I must also say that the editors do a great job making it all work, leading it along and being primary sources of feedback. You do definitely get critiqued, but both with what does not work for folks as well as what does. Sometimes, the chat even goes to the point of brainstorming specific suggestions for solving problems that are seen. And folks are just funny sometimes too—I have chuckled a lot during the workshops. I must say that the editors of Hoot seem to, in part, be billing their efforts with their review as a place that will be friendly to writers. That has certainly been my experience. I am really grateful for this free online workshop and will continue to be back at it till they throw me out.”
Aw, thanks 3labs. This was charming and thoughtful!
COME VISIT USSSSSS.
“Now that you’ve decided what your character’s motivation is, it’s time to actually construct the vessel in which this purpose will reside. Just how do you build a person? By creating a life where none existed.”
This is important in “micro-settings” too! Especially when you have less space to work with a character, that person needs to be that much more compelling and human!
And it’s pretty awesome. Don’t you think?
This week’s written piece, entitled “No More Astronauts,” is by Adam Loomis.
And yours truly (aka James) did the background art! Look at that, school-art teachers— I told you I’d be published someday.
In case you’d forgotten that we do this, tonight (Wednesday night) is our usual online workshop! Bring a short piece (150 words or less) and your literary lenses and get ready to critique others’ work/have other people help you with yours!
Go to our website, http://www.hootreview.com/workshops/, and click on the link. We’ll be there from 9-10.30 EST, so we’d love to have you!