In this episode we will discuss how to submit a short story to a magazine from the perspective of the reader. The reader is the first person who will read your manuscript after it has been submitted, and yet, how much do you actually know about what goes on in the reader’s mind while they read your story?
lan Watts was an incredible writer, speaker, philosopher, who is best known for brining Asian philosophies closer to the Western audience. If you have never explored his boks before, or heard any of his speecher, I highly recommend that you do so. Regardless of whether or not you agree with everything he says, it is incredible to watch his mind at work and to understand new concepts through his humour.
Considering that I write screenplays, you would think that I was a huge movie fan as a child. However, this is not the case for me.
I was obsessed with cartoons as a child, but movies never really interested me. In fact, although I had seen some movies by the time I reached my teenage years, I discovered that their number was much smaller than that of the people around me.
As a professional editor I get asked many questions regarding the editing experience, especially by writers who have never used an editor before. There is often a serious misconception regarding editors and what their actual job is, why they charge the way they do, and what their actual contribution is to a writer’s project.
When it comes to the Internet, I grew up in the time of dial up internet connections and a speed of 56 kbit/s. Oh yeah. Patience was certainly a virtue back then. If you wanted to get anything done on the Internet, you needed to prepare yourself for long periods of just starting at the screen, waiting for something to load.
The first screenwriting lessons that I learned were the most important.
It was about the same period when I obsessively read Stephen King and also obsessively watched Cartoon Network. Other than family, nothing was more important to me than cartoons. Nothing.
When I was about thirteen, I entered my local public library to search for a new book. I did this about twice a month at the time, and I almost always chose a random book from the shelf.
Many things in life inspired me to become a writer, but school was not one of them.