a win under my belt

The Missing Links

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been fortunate enough to claim first prize in the second Mash Stories Competition (www.mashtories.com). The kind people there subsequently invited me to answer some questions and so that interview will be appearing on the website soon.

Thanks to all who have helped me before and since!



21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

Read and cheer!

Thought Catalog

A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist.

Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” Gertrude Stein received a cruel rejection letter that mocked her style. Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way earned him a sprawling rejection letter regarding the reasons he should simply give up writing all together. Tim Burton’s first illustrated book, The Giant Zlig, got the thumbs down from Walt Disney Productions, and even Jack Kerouac’s perennial On the Road received a particularly blunt…

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