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May
5
comment Does anyone know the average number of times a new author has to submit before acceptance?
Aw shucks. And I was going to say it's a Fibonacci number between "lots" and "lotsnlots," but nobody's been able to figure out which one. :) (jk)
May
5
comment Are contests an effective way to gauge the quality of your writing?
Ouch. I know exactly what you mean. Some contests are the same way, and the fact that you'd never win no matter if your story was brilliant is what I had in mind when I said "It depends on the quality of the contest..."
Dec
16
comment Dealing with personal trauma in writing
Catharsis rules, eh? :-)
Dec
16
comment Dealing with personal trauma in writing
+1 on most of that, but I have to disagree on the acting bit. Stanislavsky to the contrary, it is not the actor's internal emotional turmoil, but his external, carefully observed, practiced and rehearsed technique, that carries a character to an audience. All that "wallow in your neuroses" stuff just makes actors neurotic, and Lord knows many of them are neurotic enough to start with. :)
Oct
25
comment What are some regular contests unpublished short story authors might enter?
Writers of the Future is outstanding, imo. They pay above industry-average rates for winners' stories included in the annual anthology, and unlike most competitions the author retains all publishing rights.