Writing Roots

S46E5 – Formatting for a Writing Contest

It’s important to note that guidelines may vary a little based on who you talk to or what you read, but by following the ones stated… you will make sure your manuscript looks clean, easy to read, and won’t get rejected because of sloppy formatting. – Brian A Klems

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S46E4 – Editing for a Short Story Contest

Many writers are paralyzed by the thought that they are competing with everybody else who is trying to write and presumably doing it better…. Forget the competition and go at your own pace. Your only contest is with yourself. – William Zinsser

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S46E3 – Writing for Short Story Contests

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. – Neil Gaiman

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S46E2 – Finding the Right Writing Contest

I always try to use my medium, and if I get into a normal sitcom-writing contest with normal sitcom writers, I’m going to lose. – Dan Harmon

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S46E1 – Different Types of Writing Contests

Writers often wrestle with the written word alone, but competitions can be a way to connect with a larger community. After all, stories can benefit others, and judges of writing contests want to celebrate success. – Audrey Wick

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S45E9 – The Editor’s Toolkit

Let’s face it: The ‘genius’ stuff happens in the editing process. – Jeff Goins

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S45 Bonus – Being an Author Editors Want to Work With

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. – Zadie Smith

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S45E7 – Questions for the Author/Editor Interview

Editing is a kind of creative activity where, in a perfect world, an author and an editor find that elusive oneness to understand each other intuitively. – Sahara Sanders

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S45E6 – Personal Editing Cheat Sheets

Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don’t put too much trust in them. – Maxwell Perkins

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