At TheRightMargin, we find writing much easier with a checklist by our side. Let’s see this idea in action with an example familiar to anyone who’s submitted their work to a literary journal, magazine, or writing contest. Even if you haven’t done any of those things, read on to see how you can make your first submission go smoother and faster by following submission guidelines.
Author: Art Klepchukov (Page 1 of 2)
Preparing for NaNoWriMo at Litquake
Like last year, Litquake, San Francisco’s 17-year-old literary festival, held an insightful panel on The Art of the Novel this past Saturday.
The panel provided an inspiring push to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) next month. As I plan to write my first NaNoWriMo novel in less than two weeks, I attended the panel and found the following as key takeaways. NaNoWriMo’s own Grant Faulkner moderated Ramona Ausubel, Jan Ellison, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ellen Sussman, and Gina Frangello with a series of engaging questions to help the writers in attendance learn from the panelists. I found the following talking points inspiring or helpful in my journey towards NaNoWriMo. If you want to learn more, leave me a comment below or reach out to the individual panelists on Twitter or Facebook.
“The novel is the barometer of the health of our culture.”
— Grant Faulkner
What kind of writing goals do you set? Word count, revised pages, finished drafts, submitted stories, queried agents? These are examples of goals driven by measurable performance. Research has shown that when “a person is committed to the goal, has the requisite ability to attain it, and does not have conﬂicting goals, there is a positive, linear relationship between goal difﬁculty and task performance.” But is there more to succeeding than setting clear, attainable goals you’re committed to?
Art Klepchukov, Senior UX Engineer at TheRightMargin (TRM), talks about his creative beginnings and what keeps him crafting words. His favorite modern authors are Lauren Groff and John Irving, while Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Bradbury rule the classics section of his shelf. Art is currently reading a delightful hardcover of Gary Kamiya’s Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.
A Conference Panel Summary by Art Klepchukov, Senior UX Engineer:
This weekend I attended LitQuake 2015’s excellent panel, The Art of the Short Story. Thanks to Mark Peterson for moderating Jodi Angel, Tom Barbash, Grant Faulkner, and Siamak Vossoughi. This is a summary of my largely paraphrased notes.