What writing brings you joy?

“I write because I believe my words can change the world. Every paragraph, every sentence, every syllable I construct is written with the express intention of changing people and their families. I hope as you read this you are in fact changing and I hope you’ll let your families read this so they can change too. Of course I’m kidding. I write for cash and because as a child I was told I had excellent penmanship.” “What’s the writing that makes you happy? That’s the writing to do.”  Doug Ellin, Creator, Executive Producer, “Entourage” From September 2005 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine

Guest Bloggers

Cross new thresholds into being creative.

Today’s Guest Blogger, Creativity Coach, Suzanne Murray, asks: DO YOU RESIST ENGAGING YOUR CREATIVITY? Suzanne’s thoughtful answer: Recently I got a note from one of my writing students saying that she was really enjoying writing when she managed to find the time. The three top reasons that people give for not being able to fully show up, move forward or change some area of their life are, “I don’t have enough time, I don’t have enough money or my health isn’t good enough.” On the surface these excuses appear valid and hard to argue with. In truth they always cover up some deeper resistance. When we really want to do something and commit to it we can always manage to find the time, the resources and a way to work around any physical limitations. Robert Olen Butler who won the Pulitzer Prize for his collection of short stories A Good Scent from…

Places to submit

Green Hills Literary Lantern Submissions

Green Hills Literary Lantern is published annually, in July, by Truman State University, Kirksville, MO. GHLL welcomes work from established writers as well as from less experienced writers. Historically, the print publication ran between 200-300 pages, consisting of poetry, fiction, reviews, and interviews, and was printed on good quality paper with a glossy, 4-color cover.  The digital magazine is of similar proportions and artistic standards. GHLL reads submissions year-round, and published a new edition in June/July. Reporting time 3-4 months.  Writers are strongly urged to read several sample issues in order to learn what sorts of things GHLL prefers.  GHLL Submission Details: “What do we like? There are stories I read thirty years ago and still remember. We try to find that sort of thing and publish it. Sometimes it’s a compelling dramatic situation that grabs us by the throat in the first paragraph and won’t let go till the end:…

Just Write


Do you write personal things in your journal? Are you able to write what you are really thinking? Do you worry about writing something too personal? What if someone finds your notebook and reads it? Yes, someone could find your notebook and read it and . . . what? Think lesser of you? Find out what you are really thinking? Would that end your relationship? Or, perhaps change it? You could go through life worrying and not doing what you really want to do for fear of what others might think. Or, you can trust that your need to express yourself through writing is more powerful and more important than these worries. You can burn or destroy your notebooks every so often. But then you wouldn’t be able to access these precious memories that you archived. Simple solution: Keep your notebook in a safe place. And trust in the process….

Places to submit

Apparition Lit

Apparition Lit is open for poetry and short story submissions four times a year.  February 15-28 May 15-31 August 15-31 November 15-30 Submissions received outside of posted open dates will be deleted unread. 2019 Themes: Retribution (Submission period May 15-31, 2019) Euphoria (Submission period August 15-31, 2019) Apparition Lit also holds monthly flash fiction contests. These stories will follow selected themes and be published online. APPARITION LIT Apparition Lit is seeking original, unpublished speculative fiction that meets their quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. They want it all. Send your strange, misshapen stories. Send stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. They are looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story. Diversity is as important in fiction as it is in real life. They want a mosaic…