Writing Advice & Contest Tips

Have you reached a road block in your poetry writing? I'm not talking about writers' block, rather that intuition where you realize that your writing just isn't getting any better. Regardless of how much you write, you fail to impress yourself, editors, and contest judges?

A lot of writers, myself included, become disheartened when there is no growth; no break-through moments. Perhaps some of your peers are happy recycling the same old dribble over and over and over again, but you know in your heart it's the same old boring bag of tricks.

Don't let it do what it did to me! I was on an upward trend, getting published in the right places, appearing twice on National Public Radio within a year, heck, I was even paid to come to a bookstore and give a reading. And then...one day...I lost my passion, and my inkwell dried up.

What a damn shame! But digress. I'm not asking you to hop on the Pity Party Express. What I have in mind is a very different kind of ride. If you are truly interested in honing your skills, if you have always wanted to get inside the mind of editors, if you really think that you have the talent and can handle a healthy dose of honesty, then I have a lot to share with you. I want to see you get to where I was before my progress stopped, but unlike me, you will be armed with the information that will keep you from falling into some of the same traps that I fell into.

In a few days, I'm going to let you into the mind of a contest judge, tell you how narcissism is a good thing (at first), and how to handle a rejection letter. I do hope you will continue reading and I thank you for signing up for our newsletter.

Be well, Jon von Nottingham

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