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These are some holiday book recommendations from your Eight Hundred Words duo, some of which I imagine both of us will return to in our own holiday reading escapades.
Liz and I decided to curate a list of gifts for people like us, the writers, readers, word nerds, and wanna-be-Brits. If you have a friend that falls in any of those categories, here’s a list of gift ideas to get you started on your search. OR, if you’re the friend that falls into any or all of those categories, here’s a list that you can send to the people you know are looking to get you a gift.
I love writing creatively, sure, but academic writing has become where I have the most fun. It uses my strengths and challenges me in a way I didn’t know writing could, which likely freaks a lot of you out. Because, as much as I love academic writing, I know it’s simply a necessary evil for a lot of you.
How does one get a job in publishing when it seems impossible to get your foot in the door? Well, there’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy, but here are a few tips that might be helpful.
In the midst of a move and a pile of life transitions, I decided to write 800 words every day for 100 days and what I learned was that it’s all about the process.
Fear does not get to win. Fear does not get to smother your dreams to death. Sometimes the only way to get over it is to just do the damn thing.
Let us be gracious leaders of our ideas, giving them the liberty to grow as they may, taking us to genres we never considered.
Like a cutting from an old plant placed into new soil, properly placed and cared for, I will survive. I will thrive. I will rise up.
I pulled up her notes and saw long paragraphs about characters and setting and plot--way more notes than I was expecting. I instantly felt queasy. Because this wasn’t my first draft. I’d been working on this story on and off for years, and after several runs of revisions and critique partners, I finally felt like I was in a place where all I needed was some last-minute editing.
It can be so intimidating to call yourself a writer, especially because the question that often follows is, "Oh, what have you written?" or "Where can I read your stuff?" and if you don't have an answer to that, their face falls, and you feel like your credibility is gone.