Writing Tip: 23#

When trying to get published its a good tactic to be looking at a new publish while waiting for another one to get back to you. this way if the first one turns you down you have a new one to fall back on.


Am I just a bad Reader?

So I’ve never liked reading. I like writing. reading? Not so much. I hate books as soon as I read the first words on principle. Partly because reading is hard for me. So maybe that’s what’s wrong with reading August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Plot: Primarily following Colonel Vorotyntsev, a General Staff officer sent by the Grand Duke‘s (supreme commander, Russian Army) headquarters to the Russian Second Army invading East Prussia under command of General Alexander Samsonov. Distances were so great, communications so poor, and the Russian Army so badly prepared for war, Voroyntsev was sent to find out all he could about conditions at the front and then report back to the Grand Duke. By August 26, the opening day of the 4-day Battle of Tannenberg, Vorotyntsev comes to realize that he cannot return to his headquarters in time to make any difference in the outcome of the battle, and stays with the Second Army to help out where he is able to. There are numerous side plots involving other characters, both on the battlefield and elsewhere, fill out this great historical novel.

I did actually enjoy this book, (I swear). the characters felt human, their struggles genuine and the actual battles felt very real. given it’s set in the first world war, a lot of the ‘battles’ involve a lot of waiting through bomb shell attacks.

my problems with the book is just…it’s weird. while it mostly follows Vorotyntsev, but the beginning of the two follows characters never brought up again. some chapters randomly come back to Moscow and are very political. I can’t tell if this book has way too many plot lines, something very normal for the time it was writing, or if I’m too dumb.

Either way, I really did mostly enjoy with book, it was confusing with its plotlines but I loved the way it’s creates these environments and these people.

Reality check

You see that novel you’re writing there? That baby of yours? That magnum opus?

It’s not gonna get published.

Only a small amount of writers who put their work in front of publishers ever get published. An even smaller fraction ever gain any money or notoriety from it.

And you are not going to be one of those people.


as much as this hurts, as much as it wants you to stop writing, you have to keep going. because you have to write that beautiful masterpiece to realise it’s shit.

Then you move on to the next masterpiece, and the next and the next until you’re sick of writing, seeing red at the sight of a single word.


Then you’re ready.

Westminster/Parliament Attack News

Lives Our Ancestors Left Behind

After working on upcoming blog posts all night, I just woke up, checked Facebook for the news of the day and saw BBC’s live cast about an attack at Parliament. From what I understand so far is that four people have died, an armed police officer guarding Parliament, two people who were attacked on Westminster Bridge, and the gunman. I do not want to post too much about the incident as I don’t want to post wrong information, but wanted to share in case someone hasn’t heard.

I wanted to make a post regarding the incident and say that I am sending prayers for the families and friends that have lost a loved one today. For those twenty people or so that were injured in the attack, but did survive, I send prayers that they will heal quickly. I hope that there are not more people involved in this incident…

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