Why Your Story Got Rejected

Originally posted on Taipei Writers Group:
Rejection is part and parcel of being a writer, and anyone who has been in the game a while learns to grow a tough(ish) skin about it. What makes rejection easier to bear is when an editor takes the time and trouble to explain why a story was not chosen for publication. Most editors just don’t have time to give any response other than a standard rejection slip, which leaves a writer with no information on what she or he can do to improve. I stumbled across this handy breakdown by Christopher Boone on… Continue reading Why Your Story Got Rejected

Neil Gaiman and Writers’ Groups

Originally posted on Taipei Writers Group:
photo credit: Club Roberto’s – 029 via photopin (license) During one of my earlier flirtations with writing, before I finally ran out of excuses and began taking it seriously, I attended a meeting of my local writers’ group. It was held in our small town library, after hours, and the place was empty, quiet and dim. Five or six people turned up. I was one of two newbies. The others were regulars, and meetings were held once a month. I had little idea of what to expect. What happened was that the regulars read their… Continue reading Neil Gaiman and Writers’ Groups

Fantastic First Lines

Originally posted on Taipei Writers Group:
First lines are arguably the most important words in writing. Unless a reader has some other reason for reading, the first line leads her or him into the text filled with a sense of anticipation about what will come next. The first line is the cusp on which the reader teeters, judging what will follow by the calibre of that initial sentence. Here’s a list of brilliant first lines. From Jane Austen’s “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a… Continue reading Fantastic First Lines