Celebrate Every Victory, No Matter How Small

In an industry full of rejection, it is important for writers to celebrate every victory, large or small. Today, I’m celebrating because my novelette, Half Breeds, is available for pre-order. It may not really be a “book” or full-length novel, it may not even be available in print, but it is a standalone piece. It’sContinue reading “Celebrate Every Victory, No Matter How Small”

Guest Post: Six Local Writing Centers and Events By Artemis Savory

My friend and critique partner, Artemis Savory, compiled a list of writing centers and events in the New England area and asked me to share it on this blog. If you are local and interested in writing, these events are definitely worth checking out!    Six Local Writing Centers and Events By Artemis Savory (WritingContinue reading “Guest Post: Six Local Writing Centers and Events By Artemis Savory”

Micro Fiction: What Comes Out of the Ground

Here is another bit of micro fiction inspired by Cracked Flash’s weekly prompt. This one was a runner up. What Comes Out of the Ground By Sara Codair “My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt,” I said, shuddering on the doorstep. The open door loomed over me, black and peeling, likeContinue reading “Micro Fiction: What Comes Out of the Ground”

Room for Discovery in Planned Novels

When I was taking a creative writing workshop in college, my professor (Andre Dubus III) told me he never planned novels. He encouraged us to avoid outlines, claiming they would make our writing feel forced. He said if we outlined, our characters wouldn’t feel real, and they wouldn’t come to life on the page. ShortlyContinue reading “Room for Discovery in Planned Novels”

4 Down, 496 Left to Go / 7 Standards for Publishers

Last night I launched my first Publishizer campaign. I received four pre-orders ranging from $8 to $45. I thought that was good night, but my experience selling online is with jewelry, not books. When selling on Etsy, I was thrilled if I had four orders in one evening. While I’m happy with the orders I haveContinue reading “4 Down, 496 Left to Go / 7 Standards for Publishers”

The Hiking Writer and Speculative Fiction

The Hiking Writer and Speculative Fiction By Sara Codair Even though a majority of my stories are speculative in some way, they are often inspired by reality. Sometimes it’s a question begging for an answer, sometimes it’s a piece of news too dark to keep inside me, and often, the seed for the story wasContinue reading “The Hiking Writer and Speculative Fiction”

Micro Fiction: Mr. Meowsker’s Bright Idea

Here is a little story, inspired by a prompt from Cracked Flash, to start your week: Mr. Meowsker’s Bright Idea By Sara Codair “You’re my favorite monster,” said Annnaly, running her fingers over Gruffer’s fluffy face. Her black cat, Meowsker’s, was perched on here shoulder. He leaned forward licked the bridge of Gruffer’s nose. Gruffer made aContinue reading “Micro Fiction: Mr. Meowsker’s Bright Idea”

Why Bullshitted Papers are Underrated

Why Bullshitted Papers are Underrated By Sara Codair It’s the last day of class before finals. While some students have their notebooks and netbooks open, ready to take notes, others are glancing at their phone, counting down the minutes until I give them permission to leave. They’re all exhausted. Most have been working all day,Continue reading “Why Bullshitted Papers are Underrated”