Little Patuxent Review was created to foster and encourage a community of writers, poets and artists, which it has done brilliantly for nearly ten years. We’ve held readings and workshops, attended book fairs and festivals, and published themed and unthemed journals, highlighting work submitted by creators all over the United States.
The current themed issued, Myth, closes to submissions at midnight on October 24, 2015. That’s one day from today. As much as our community celebrates you, we can’t submit your work for you. Some things stand alone in the “one” column.
- The Loch Ness Monster (affectionately known as “Nessie”).
- The Great Pumpkin.
- “I didn’t sleep with woman.”
- Donald Trump.
- Someone knocking on your door to discover you.
If you’ve been contemplating a submission to the Myth issue, now’s the time. Our editors and readers look forward to sinking into your work.
With all the top ten lists floating around and their cheery “how to succeed” mantras, I thought it might be interesting to take a contrary view. Using John Dufresne‘s “Ten Commandments of Writing” as a launchpad, here’s a twist:
- Don’t back up your work. After all, you’ve never lost anything before.
- Use passive voice and exposition. Exclusively.
- Choose laundry and errands over your writing time.
- Make characters arbitrary.
- Be obscure (do you know what I mean?).
- Spell everything out for your reader, in detail, with stage direction.
- Never read anything else. Ever.
- Submit early and often. Especially your first drafts. Include as many tpyos as possible.
- Only cheerful stories with happy endings are worth sharing.
- Kill off your characters at random.
It’s true confession time. How do you either follow John Dufresne’s Ten Commandments or sabotage your success? Your secret is safe with us.
Online Editor’s Note: John Dufresne’s list, and so much more, can be found in his book, The Lie That Tells A Truth.