Quite a few people have this idea that being a writer is something to aspire to. And in a way, it is. It’s a wonderful and meaning profession, in much the same way that a garbage collector is a hallowed profession.
“We regret to inform you that your story is not up to the caliber of our anthology.” “While we loved your submission, it was not a correct fit for our magazine.” “Please consider making [these substantial revisions to the story, which would COMPLETELY change the entire point of the story] and resubmit for consideration.” “This […]
We’re sharing our plans for The Writers Thread in 2019 and beyond. Come see what is in store!
Back in 2008, a small company was started. It was started to meet a very specific need, namely to keep food on my family’s table, and a roof over our head. I had been laid off, yet again, and with mortgages, skyrocketing bills, and no prospects in sight, I knew that something had to change. […]
In a world where any form of a news story is the largest attention grabber for consumers, fact checking is very important when writing pieces on any topic. It seems like everywhere you look, there is some type of news headline, a story being covered or new article written about a famous person or event […]
Hi Everyone, Calling all writers, from beginner to expert! Announcing a new call for submissions for an anthology to be published in the first quarter of 2019 (Sometime between January and March). The theme of the anthology is as follows: Moonlit Dreams/Moonlit Nightmares I am looking for short stories that explore the nature of the […]
The global success of Jane Harper’s The Dry signals that great writing will always win out, but it also reminds us that for many readers the setting, the place is as much a character as the protagonist and others. While her “place” is out in rural Victoria in Australia, a far cry from the outback, […]
When I mentioned to a friend and colleague that I was considering doing a blog post series on the nature of evil in writing, her response was typical for her: “Oh my god, Laura! Aren’t you tired of this? I swear you have to be the only person in the world that deals with this […]
Curse you, William Shakespeare! Curse you, Albert Broccoli! Curse you, Agatha Christie! You made the villains of the world cookie-cutter characters, literary evil behind a mask of normality. Be it Claudius, Dr. No or any of the initially-innocuous characters in any Christie novel, they are, in the end, all the same: greedy and duplicitous. Worse, […]
A hero is only as good as their enemy. One of the criticisms levelled at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is its lack of decent villains. We’re yet to see how Thanos will turn out, but over the previous decade of movies that have been released, seemingly only two spring to mind as having been praised. […]