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Welcome to the 17th issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. Hello, new subscribers! Thank you for being here. You're doing great!
Vancouver | October 26, 2020
Good morning, Friends!

Welcome to this special Monday version of The Weekly Prophet. 

Think Like a Shark

I watch Shark Week almost every year. And I think we can learn a lot from them as authors. 

"What do sharks have to do with writing?" you may be asking yourself right now, and I don't blame you. It's a nutty idea with no seeable correlation. 

But I want to talk to you about one trait that sharks possess that writers need to adopt. For better or for worse, sharks are all in when they hunt. They don't hold back when they decide to go after some unsuspecting creature. 

And us writers need to adopt that mentality when it comes to writing and pursuing our dreams. 

How many times have you thought about sending your poem or story to a publisher only to back out at the last second? To post something on your blog? Maybe you've started writing your NaNoWriMo novel only to quit after a few days, thinking, I'll get this done next year. 

Whatever the reason is, you still have an unfinished or unpublished manuscript collecting dust, waiting for you to do something with it. And if you really want to fulfill your dream as a writer, you need to be all-in on making that dream a reality. 

So don't make excuses, as I did last Sunday (remember I said I might not have time to write for the blog?). Set aside the time and write. Even if it's absolute crap, at least you're working one step closer to your dream. 

Putting off making an author website or building a social media following? Don't delay. Get it done yourself or by hiring someone to do it for you. And then keep putting content up for your followers to enjoy.

Think of it this way:

According to Miami University, surface shark attacks have a 48 percent success rate. But every time the shark launches an attack, it goes in at full force. If it decides only to put in half of the effort, it's not going to chow down. 

So why are some of us only putting in half the effort? If it doesn't work for sharks, it won't work for us. 

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities

I want you to have more time to prepare your submissions, so here's a look at the upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • THINK Journal publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. But their main focus is on poetry. 
  • Writer's Digest is looking for poetry (deadline November 2), personal essay (deadline Oct 30), and short story (deadline November 16) submissions for their annual contests. (I've linked to their competition page, you can find posts for all three there.)
Good luck to everyone who chooses to submit! Please don't forget to check out the publisher to ensure that your work is a good fit, and follow submission guidelines to the letter. 

This week on Danielle Adams... 

404 Ink is accepting direct submissions of full-length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry until October 31.
On Tuesday, we deep-dived into the history of the horror genre. We also talked about all the different ways you can make your horror night-terror worthy. 
Here is a list of 13 literary journals that accept writing about nature and the environment. Be careful, though, some publishers want ecopoetics, so read their guidelines carefully. 
On Thursday, we talked about the suspense genre. It's a cousin to the mystery genre and a sibling of the thriller. So what makes it unique from both of them?
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What I'm Working On

I'm working on packing for our big move this weekend. We'll be back with more creative stuff next week.

What I'm Reading

Will also be back next week. But if you have any book suggestions in the meantime, I'd love to hear them. 

Thank you for reading this far. 

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Unplug from the internet for a while. You deserve a break. 

I'll be back on November 1.

Danielle Adams

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