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In a previous article, I wrote on the use of prompts to help writers understand craft elements and level up their careers. Essentially, the average writer tackles writing prompts in a very basic manner. And it leads them to write the same tired stories while never improving their craft.
Write a story about a man who’s lost his job. Write a story about a character that’s a dog. Write a story about a writer writing a story. Those prompts, while fun, are useless. …
I’m an editor, judge, hired plot wizard, and sometimes sensitivity reader. Along with my work life, I’m also an avid reader on Medium and other platforms.
Publishing is inherently racist and more often than not uplifts the white writers over the writers of color, especially if they are dark-skinned. These are just the facts of the industry. Because of those industry facts and the history of our world racism is inherent in all of us.
None more so than the white writer, the unedited white supremacist behind the screen.
From my years working with writers of all shades and backgrounds…
I hung up the phone. Hands trembling and vision gone sideways, I stumbled back onto my bed. The saltiness of tears stung my eyes, but before letting them fall, I quickly wrote an email to HR that would end up costing me a dream job and my connection to my creative source.
At the beginning of the pandemic, back when the memes were still funny and Tiger King was trending, I was scrambling for a high-paying writing job to make up for the loss in freelance clients that the pandemic brought for me. What I wanted and dreamed of was…
You wake up to your alarm like every morning. You shower. Kiss your love. Cuddle your fur babies and arrive at your desk with a hot cup in your hands and determination in your heart. Like a good desk dog, you check your email first. Sitting among the clutter of promotions, friend invites, and order receipts is an email from a publishing company.
Hey, So glad we got a chance to chat. We wrote up the contract. You'll find it attached. Can't wait to get started!
And attached is a publishing contract for $28,000.
That was my actual day not…
What defines your success? Can you answer without thinking about it? Or do you need a week, a month, or decades to figure out what it is you strive for? What makes your blood hot and your mind fly? I don’t want to say that you not knowing it means you have a long way to go to success, but after reading this you might think so for yourself.
Obnoxiously successful people are the type that don’t give up. For many, they think that means they are always winning and never losing. That, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.
This is something that I picked up from Brandon Sanderson. He writes and thinks about his scenes in a sequence to the end. So, instead of writing out his scenes in an in-depth way, he writes one-sentence descriptions of what happens in his stories. Then he fills in the story based on that.
This isn’t something that I would suggest to someone just starting out, but if you can hold all the information of your scene in your head and convey it to yourself in one sentence, more power to you! …
Scenes are one of the more complicated and misunderstood elements of writing out there. Simply because so many different writers and educators see scenes differently. There are teachers out there that say there are only 4 types of scenes. Others say there are endless types of scenes and that they need to adhere to an arc. Then there are those that don’t think there are types of scenes but “scene sequences”.
Dear Medium writer who is tired of the regular old articles on being successful on Medium,
I offer you a smarter way to succeed on the platform. One that doesn’t have you breaking your back and leaking your best works for free online. This is my collection of articles on earning and writing on Medium. My advice is centered on sustainability, writing what you love, and an eye on actually becoming a better writer.
What you’ll never find in these articles is advice to write or publish every day. When you do that, writing every single day for a platform…
I work as an editor and plot wizard. I’m the person who makes writers' stories make sense. I help them become better writers through feedback, critiques, assessments, and developmental edits. Many writers I work with are shocked by my critiques because I am the first person who has given them an honest assessment of their work.
When I ask them who else have they been sharing their stories with, they have three types of answers:
Friends, family, and romantic partners will not be honest with writers about their work. There’re too many biases…
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