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Talking About Writing: Joseph Zeppetello

Hemingway’s famous advice to “go and write” is almost the contrary of what Virginia Woolf writes about in “A Room of One’s Own.” Woolf speaks of the metaphorical space of a room and the need for actual physical space and income for women, or anyone, to practice the art and craft of writing. This juxtaposed […]

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Rejections: Treasuring the Bite

I like the sheer sense of got-me-on-a-bad-day invective in them. Dear editors, I’m sending you these for the rejections series. They are from one Shelagh Nugent, who was the editor of a mag called Peninsular. The first reads: These stories are well written + “literary” – but I don’t think you’ve grasped the concept of […]

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Six Degrees Left: Retelling the Classics

  Atticus authors John Minichillo, JM Tohline, and Tommy Zurhellen continue their conversation on retelling the classics. Read last week’s conversation. The following conversation is conducted by Atticus Books publicist Lacey N. Dunham and editorial/marketing assistant Abby Hess.   …it is an altogether unique and enjoyable challenge to create “something new” out of something that […]

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Costumed characters near the Arsenale at the 2010 Carnevale in Venice (IMG_9206a)

Rejections: Helpful, Encouraging, Motivating

I was very intrigued by your call for rejection letters. Several years ago I, and the other entrants to a very small independently-run writing contest, received the general response below (the “sweet childhood story” referred to my entry). Based on these comments, I revised my story which was later published as “The Costume” on hackwriters.com. […]

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Magic No Mystery 4

Six Degrees Left: Retelling the Classics

There will always be parts of a story that sound familiar.  Aspects of plot, character, or voice that we’ve seen or heard before as if the authors have swung past each other in similar loops, grabbing snippets from one another as they cross.  Whether you believe that there are really only seven basic plots, or […]

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Praise for a Rejected Short Story and Its Author

  The rejection was so effusive, so loaded with good things about my writing, I’m shocked it didn’t come with a check. – Kurt Mueller   “A good read [and a] dear writer…It is an honor and a thrill to see the incredible range of lives and voices represented in [this] story…This world is an outrageously […]

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Rejection: The Missouri Review

Our call for your rejection letters (and that rarer breed, acceptances) has yielded many interesting responses, stories, and tips for writers. Rejection is an experience felt by the #hopefulwriter and professionals alike.    Behold my recent rejection from the good old Missouri Review. So close! – S. Tremaine Nelson     The handwritten portion reads: Thank you […]

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Novelist Invites Readers to Influence Book

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            SOCIAL READING TAKES FLIGHT IN SERIALIZED NOVEL Readers’ Feedback Will Write Novel     MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Procrastination is a writer’s enemy. Yet for writer John Henry Fleming, the real writing often occurs during periods of procrastination. Fleming’s The […]

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Leaves of Glass

Ilse Munro: Turning Fragments into Fiction

…then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write […]

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World on a String

John Abbott: Short Stories Are Exciting Challenges

I read short stories because they entertain and because they can give insight into how we live our lives. I write short stories because each one offers up its own world. I love the challenge each one presents. I write novels and poems, too, but the short story is more demanding than either of those […]

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