Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • “Twitter-as-affirmation-engine does good things—sells books, connects people with similar enthusiasms. Spark conversations? Not so much.” From a reliably thoughtful recent newsletter from Mark Athitakis.
  • I know that none of the fine folks reading this post would ever engage in the behavior described in Yi Shun Lai’s post on “what happens when a rejection goes wrong.” But that post is still worth reading.
  • Bookmarked: “Private investigator. Subway conductor. Building superintendent. In Medium’s Day Job series, 12 accomplished authors discuss the years of the income-producing work they did to support their writing. From slicing soap in a luxury bath store to directing air strikes in Afghanistan, these authors discuss not only the jobs themselves, but also the ways they protected their time and creativity from the demands of their full-time careers (and still do!).” (Thanks to Geeta Kothari for the lead on this one.)
  • Sara Finnerty’s “What I Wish I knew I Knew After My MFA Ended” reminded me of my own “After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned.”
  • Of course, there’s a new set of Jewish-lit links on the My Machberet blog. And a bonus this week: The March issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers yesterday and will remain online until the April issue replaces it.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.

    2 thoughts on “Friday Finds for Writers

    1. Jean F says:

      Yi Shun Lai has my sympathy. No one should be treated in such an unprofessional way for doing their job.

      I am a writer whose fiction is regularly rejected, but I would never think of insulting the editors who did so. Submitting stories is like many things in life. The answer you get could be yes or it might be no. If you are not ready to accept no as an answer, stop submitting your work to publications and just self-publish it! At least these days we have that alternative if we cannot handle editorial rejection.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        It’s totally unprofessional/unacceptable.

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