David Stevens

Posts Tagged ‘writing advice’

Flip a coin

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 at 3:09 am

It is quite possible you can learn something from feedback accompanying a rejection. I’m sure someone has. A recent rejection of a story of mine was accompanied by feedback from two of the slush readers for the magazine:

“… really strong narrative voice and prose control.  …  it’s all developed and described quite well”

and

“This piece is unfocused and almost stream of consciousness and difficult to get a sense of what it’s about”

Guess what I learned?  Flip a coin.

 

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Repeating others and myself …

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

It has been at least a year since I quoted this here, so time to do it again:

Horace Tott spent an uneventful life in Cheshire always intending to write a large book on English magic, but never quite beginning. And so he died at seventy-four, still imagining he might begin next week, or perhaps the week after that.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke

WHATEVER YOU DO, STOP WRITING

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

One post says to stop writing if you have something else you’re more passionate about doing. Lord knows I do. I want to watch television and drink. It won’t be easy. I have to get a TV.

– Cathy Douglas

 

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