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Practicing Writing

Welcome to Practicing Writing! Here you’ll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You’ll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news and resources, book reviews, and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

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In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Here are the ways in which technology can prevent you from being killed by Hamas:

Source: Kevin Haworth, “Two Minutes” (Proxmity magazine)

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • Tough talk for writers–but also very true talk–from Chuck Wendig. (h/t @ElectricLit)
  • Another not-quite-so-encouraging item: “How Personal Essays Conquered Journalism — and Why They Can’t Cut It,” by Eve Fairbanks. Some valid criticisms here.
  • On a more positive note: Nina Badzin shares “10 Resources for Writers & Bloggers.”
  • Also encouraging: Over on the Ploughshares blog, literary agent Eric Nelson argues for “Short Stories as a Path to Literary Success”.
  • “A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of [Random House] Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer”–via the Brevity blog.
  • Have a great weekend.

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    Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Read My Latest Newsletter!

    In my previous “day job,” my supervisor, who’d taken a close look at my website and resources for writers, asked me to create an office newsletter. Thereafter, I’d distinguish between “The Practicing Writer” and “Academically Speaking” (the newsletter I produced for that office) by saying that “The Practicing Writer” was a true labor of love (and literary citizenship) whereas “Academically Speaking”–my affection for it notwithstanding–was a newsletter I was actually paid to write, edit, and distribute.

    I’m no longer in charge of “Academically Speaking,” but as of yesterday, I’m coordinating a new newsletter in town, and again, I’m actually getting paid to do it: the newsletter for Fig Tree Books.

    That’s right, our first company newsletter went out yesterday afternoon. Please take a look and let me know what you think. (This newsletter also represents the beginning of my working relationship with MailChimp, so I’ll be especially grateful for any special tips any of you may have for making the most of that service.)

    And if you want to do me a super-special favor, please subscribe! Thank you!

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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