By Ashleigh Rousselle
2008-2009 NAS Intern
- Essay anthologies are mostly published by themes. Fit the market to break in.
- Practice finding your voice, but still fit the needs of the market.
- Market research is always a good idea. Before submitting ask for writer’s guidelines and get the name of the editor.
- Working with editors is all about good relations. Be easy to work with.
- In your writing, be specific, pick a topic, and really zoom in on it.
- Answering a question, or having a prompt, can help to keep your writing focused on a topic.
- Start with a hook to capture the reader’s attention and keep it.
- Know where the story is going. Have a beginning, middle, and end.
- Layer your story. Go back in rewrites and utilize the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
- Write something and then let it sit a few days before you review it.
- Get other people to read your work. Start a writing group if you need one.
- Keep meticulous records of ideas, and always back up your work.