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bitterandcurt

erikadprice

bitterandcurt:

I keep seeing and talking to people who fret over how to write PoC characters because they feel like they can’t win either way. They don’t want to make them the villain because of the unfortunate implications but they also feel trapped into making them perfect with no character flaws.

Guys. There’s an easy way out of this.

Have more than one person of color. The reason you keep having trouble with this is because your cast of a dozen important characters has exactly one character who isn’t white. That’s why it makes it seem like they are representing or speaking for their entire race.

Have a more diverse cast and treat them like three-dimensional people.

And for the love of all things good, keep intersectionality in mind. A White gay man and a Black gay man likely have very different experiences within the gay community because of their race. And a Black gay man and another Black gay man are likely to have extremely different life experiences as well.

Having an all-white cast is a choice. It’s no less of a choice, no less contrived than having a more diverse cast. People like to say that they feel like trying to have more diversity in their cast takes away from the storyline because they have to try to intentionally insert different races into their casts. But picking “Black” or “Middle Eastern” or “Asian” or “Latino” is no more contrived than picking “White”. One of them is just constantly fed to us as “normal”.

Seriously. All of your fretting can end if you just stop having tokens.

Write tons of POC with a variety of backgrounds and write all kinds of queer people and disabled people and people of all different kinds of genders and financial situations and countries of origin and families of origin and types of personalities and mental health statuses and experiences and fears and drives and strengths and weaknesses and etc etc etc just do it, okay??

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twilightramblings

erikadprice

I don’t know if this advice is offered to people first publishing their books…

twilightramblings:

But really cheap Kindle books are the first ones I look at. Good cover is essential and a good description but if I’m a little bit doubtful that I’m going to like the book and then I see it’s only a couple of dollars… Screw it, it’s just $2. I’ve found a handful of really good books this way. And then once you’ve got people reviewing and reading your book, then you can put the price up. Because it’s better to sell more books and make a small profit than sell none and get no profit :) 

Also, word of mouth is the most powerful marketing campaign you could ever have - and there are so many bloggers you could ask to read your book and review it. Just make sure the blogger you ask reads your type of book and ask them to do a “if you like this… you’ll love…” type of review, since most people look for books that are like ones they already like :)

(via kaylapocalypse)

emilicity

scratchedlines

emilicity:

I want to write
my history
of us.
And it will be
like all histories,
not totally true,
not at all
comprehensive
or even objective
but I promise
this to you,
I will be
honest
and
my honesty
is more than
I’ve given you
to date


but how
can I write
a history
when it’s still
taking place?

erikadprice

Hey there, my name is Brett Beeman. I have never really sought criticism or advice from anyone, when it comes to my writings. I have quite a few poems and prose, which are posted on my blog. And I have far more writings that I haven't posted. I was wondering what the benefits are to becoming published. Would it actually gain more exposure for me and my writings? Am I even good enough to become published? I guess that's my greatest concern. So I was wondering if someone could provide me answers.

Hi Brett. Thanks for your question. 

Is there a benefit to getting published? It depends on what your goals are. If you work to get published, you can build a list of writing/publication credits that you can use to…get published again, basically. Some magazines and journals take submissions more seriously when they come from a previously published author. It makes you seem more legitimate. 

Sometimes, if the publications are big enough, publishing can earn you some money. Don’t expect more than $50-75 for a piece, at the very most, especially when you’re just starting out. But no matter the fee, getting paid for your work is really nice! It can make you feel like a professional writer. It’s legitimizing and gratifying, in a way. 

Publication can also give you exposure to publishing houses, literary agents, editors, and successful writers. If you are published multiple times in several big magazines, like The Paris Review or The New Yorker or Ploughshares or Granta, you stand a much better chance of getting an agent and a book deal. You’ll have the cache of a “legitimate author” whom people have heard of. This can lead to extended writing gigs and speaking & teaching opportunities. 

But most of the time? Publication doesn’t make much of a difference. Most lit mags cannot pay you, and they usually want your work to not be previously published. They can offer “exposure” — but the readership of most lit mags is dwindlingly small. Probably no one will recognize or ‘discover’ you because you’ve been printed in a small press lit mag. And if you have a story published in a lit mag, you no longer have exclusive rights to publishing it on your own terms (e.g. on your website).

A successful blog can offer way, wayyyyy more exposure than a ton of small press publication credits. I can speak to this firsthand. Now, I submit to lit mags a lot, because I do want to be a part of that community. I get published sometimes. And I have met some great authors and editors through that process, and even made a tiny bit of money. But I’ve gotten way more feedback, book downloads, and eyeballs on my work by running a blog. 

-Erikadprice

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erikadprice

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karenfelloutofbedagain

erikadprice

karenfelloutofbedagain:

if you have any short stories, prose, non-fiction, essays, etc, even remotely ready for publication, I would really enjoy having more submissions to pick from. and i know you would really enjoy being published. send em to kleftjaw@gmail.com NOW, final decisions are TOMORROW.

kaylapocalypse

erikadprice

kaylapocalypse:

I think the moment my query letters started working is the moment when I stopped writing about my book series like someone who gave birth to a beautiful child and started writing about it like a store associate on commission trying to get someone to buy something like a refrigerator or new shoes.

ericboydblog

edgeandvoidfriction

Breakout: Voices from Inside | PEN American Center

ericboydblog:

Join PEN Members and special guests for a reading of award-winning prose and poetry from the 2014 PEN Prison Writing Contest. Readings from Jackson Taylor, Randall Horton, Susan Rosenberg, and others. Featuring special readings by men and women incarcerated around the country.

GUYS!

THIS WEEK. THURSDAY. NEW YORK. 7pm. 

I’ll be reading alongside Ayana Mathis, Susan Rosenberg, and others for this PEN American Center event at the Cooper Union building. I want to see as many of you beautiful Tumblr’ers there as possible. This is an event that is very dear to me; I truly believe these men and women deserve to have their work celebrated and I aim to help in that cause. Please come out and join me.

If you need any more info, directions, whatever— just message me. We’ll all get drinks after!

PLEASE REBLOG AND SHARE

corlin

scratchedlines

A Page of Writing Advice from Me, to Me

corlin:

Just write. Just write for fun. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Let it become a source of joy for you.

Take apart the works of your favorite poets, short story writers, essayists, and novelists. Tinker with them. See how they work. Create something with their parts.

Don’t be afraid to finish things. Don’t let yourself amass only beginnings of things. You learn the most from endings and endings get you whole works.

Take great amounts of time and effort to connect with your favorite writers. Make the writers your friends. But still steal from the writing. The writing should mean more to you than the writer.

Give yourself assignments. If you’re going to read books on writing, actually do the exercises. This is how you can create your own creative writing class: one student and one teacher, and only the best reading and writing assignments.

Learn to work hardest when you don’t want to work at all. Think continuously about what makes you want to write. Never let that passion go, even when you feel consumed by self-hate and self-doubt. Write as a way to connect with yourself, with others, with the whole universe. Do it today. Just write.

leaveyouapen

edgeandvoidfriction

leaveyouapen:

Accepting Submissions Now! 

leaveyouapen:

Accepting Submissions Now! 

yeahwriters

edgeandvoidfriction

We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.

Or at least we do for a while.

Joan Didion, The White Album

I just reread this essay, and I think it’s an important one for writers to read—not to be better writers, I think, but to be better humans outside of our writing. I definitely fall victim to the need to narrativize things that happen in my life, to want to say x happened because of y because of z. And yes, life is a series of chains reactions, of “fate” or whatever you want to call it splitting off like branches on a tree because of the decisions we make. But it doesn’t all have to make sense; it doesn’t have to tie up neatly. If there’s a gun on the mantle in the proverbial first act of my life, it doesn’t have to go off in the third.

I’m having a hard time believing this right now, granted how certain negative past actions of mine are resurfacing in what seems like a karmic rage, but we need to remember that life is fucking random. Dwelling on the past events that lead to our current situation is, a lot of the time, useless. I know it sounds trite at this point, but if life is a non-narrative, there’s only moving forward.

(via yeahwriters)

danieltoumine

scratchedlines

danieltoumine:

"The Hack Scribbler" by Daniel Toumine is now available in hardcopy thanks to 89plus and the LUMA Foundation. The book is currently a part of the "Poetry Will Be Made By All"  exhibit in Zurich, CH. If you’re in the area, the exhibit will be up until March 30th. If you can’t make it in person, you can download a copy of "The Hack Scribbler for free, or buy a hardcopy, here.

danieltoumine:

"The Hack Scribbler" by Daniel Toumine is now available in hardcopy thanks to 89plus and the LUMA Foundation. The book is currently a part of the "Poetry Will Be Made By All"  exhibit in Zurich, CH. If you’re in the area, the exhibit will be up until March 30th. If you can’t make it in person, you can download a copy of "The Hack Scribbler for free, or buy a hardcopy, here.

purplemonkeysexgod69

edgeandvoidfriction

incendiary gasoline fire love cats

purplemonkeysexgod69:

my love for you
is a cat with glasses
on tumblr

incessant
forever eternally immortal

and oh so cute

midnightxmasquerade

edgeandvoidfriction

midnightxmasquerade:

Teach me a foreign
language;
that I may articulate
these feelings into words
that exhibit
the weight of my thoughts 

For these stanzas appear
so pallid upon the page;
stagnant script that
fails to speak the
secrets
burning in my fingertips

The music resounding
in the marrow of my bones
stains this stage so silently;
regardless of style and
expression

Am I bound by endless
repetition?

Poets paint their passions
so effortlessly..
their wounds bleed beauty
onto parchment,
But me?

..Mine is a repertoire
of recyled renditions—
I cannot weave these
whispers
into works of art

I cannot write of you
the way I wish I could..

portersnotebook

edgeandvoidfriction

portersnotebook:

Page one hundred and sixty-three out of two hundred and four.
Computer pages, single-spaced in twelve point Times New Roman.
Fifteen years in the newspaper business and I recognize things like that now, my days spent with Cheltham Bold, Franklin Gothic, headlines and deadlines. I’ve written for the paper and laid out its pages, grown to love the place. It taught me a trade after all. Worked in it still drunk from the night before and raised glasses with co-workers on New Year’s Eve and when Obama was elected.
Both times.
Most of my life has had to do with the written word in one way or another.
The novel is in its fifth edit in four, maybe five years. It now feels like a book. The stack of pages on my right is now larger than the one on my left.
There is an agent waiting to read it, though she does not represent me yet, she’s done well my a couple friends of mine.
When I’ve finished going through the line-by-line I’ll go back and add two crucial scenes. I can see the sign posts and the world of it around me. As long as I listen to the bird in my chest I think I’ll be alright. He has a better view of the land after all, wings have their advantages.

portersnotebook:

Page one hundred and sixty-three out of two hundred and four.

Computer pages, single-spaced in twelve point Times New Roman.

Fifteen years in the newspaper business and I recognize things like that now, my days spent with Cheltham Bold, Franklin Gothic, headlines and deadlines. I’ve written for the paper and laid out its pages, grown to love the place. It taught me a trade after all. Worked in it still drunk from the night before and raised glasses with co-workers on New Year’s Eve and when Obama was elected.

Both times.

Most of my life has had to do with the written word in one way or another.

The novel is in its fifth edit in four, maybe five years. It now feels like a book. The stack of pages on my right is now larger than the one on my left.

There is an agent waiting to read it, though she does not represent me yet, she’s done well my a couple friends of mine.

When I’ve finished going through the line-by-line I’ll go back and add two crucial scenes. I can see the sign posts and the world of it around me. As long as I listen to the bird in my chest I think I’ll be alright. He has a better view of the land after all, wings have their advantages.