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How to find a writing group that fits your needs #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I’m in the middle of preparing a submission to a literary contest, and as part of this, I must turn my 95,000-word manuscript into 600-word synopsis that tells the whole story.

Which is a lot harder than it sounds.

MyWritingLife2021The rules of the category I am entering (Genre Fantasy/Sci-Fi) are clear: submissions must be of new, never-before-published novels. You can include only the first 25 pages of the manuscript, which will follow the synopsis.

In other words, the synopsis first, sample of the novel second.

The rules are:

  • Must be no more than 27 pages, including the synopsis. If the entry is longer than 27 pages, it will be disqualified from the contest and only receive one critique.
  • Must be single-sided.
  • Page one must begin with a synopsis (no cover page, please.)
  • The synopsis must be 1 to 2 pages.
  • It must be in 12-point font.
  • The entire document must be double-spaced.
  • Separate scenes…

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Writing Goals for the New Year

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Hi SEers. John with you today. This is the first Story Empire post of 2022. Let me wish you all a prosperous and Happy New Year. (Maybe I’m the last to do that, but the sentiment remains)

The new year means many things to all of us. But to those of us who are writers, the new year is a time to set some goals for our writing. Goals are like resolutions but are a little more concrete and designed to guide the writer’s productivity for the next twelve months.

Since goals carry a burden more significant than those self-improvement desires usually stated in resolutions, planning them should be with a little more care.

The following suggestions on goal setting in this post have the intent of 1. Inspiring you to develop writing goals. 2. Providing a replicable model to assist in goal development…

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