On Writing

An author's duty to provide a satisfying ending for their readers.

There’s not one right way to end a story, but there are many things to consider when writing one, and even more ways to write a bad ending. One thing that I think is sometimes forgotten when ending a story is the author’s duty to readers to provide a satisfying ending. Is there a duty? […]

Duotrope, an online database of markets for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual arts, adds literary agents to database.


I’m behind on submitting pieces to literary magazines, so it’s been a while since I’ve been on Duotrope, but when I logged on, I was excited to see they’ve started beta testing a new category: literary agents. For those who aren’t familiar with Duotrope, it’s an online database of markets for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and […]

What literary magazines, agents, and publishers mean when asking for publishing credits vs. when they say no previously published work.

If someone asks if you’re published, your response might be different than if a literary magazine inquires whether a piece you’re submitting has been published, and understanding the difference is important. Let’s start with publishing credits (publishing history), this is where you’re work has previously been published. This includes things such as novels, literary magazines, […]

A sneak peek at what is coming to celebrate National Poetry Writing Month in April.


It’s only a month away, and I’m already excited about National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Similar to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), NaPoWriMo is a poetry writing challenge, encouraging poets to write a poem a day. In celebration of poetry, I plan to share at least a poem a day in April. Many will be […]

Test your knowledge to see if you know how to use these commonly misused words

The Words to Write By series started in July of last year and has had five installments. Today’s quiz gives you the chance to see if you’ve remembered how to use some of the commonly misused words that have been covered in the series so far. Best of luck!