Good evening, blog readers! I hope you have all been having a lovely couple of weeks. I hope that the weather is finally becoming more bearable wherever you live. Now that we have been busy posting here at the blog for a bit, it’s time to recap and see what our posts have covered in recent weeks. First, of course, I would like to remind you about the current issue of the Jet Fuel Review. If you’re interested, check out the new issue for exciting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. The submission period for issue #7 has just recently closed, so be sure to read issue #6 before the new one arrives!
Moving on, a few weeks ago we had a Writing Advice post about backstory. Backstory can be a tricky thing to weave into whatever story you’re writing. I think this post offers some tips and tricks for how to tell readers about your characters’ past without relying too much on the dreaded “infodump.” The Discussion post that week was about the blank page, which we must all face at some point if we want to write and create. Head over to that post if you have some thoughts about overcoming the blank page. The featured poem that week was By the Way, by C. Dale Young.
The next week’s Writing Advice post covered “the rules” of writing. Are there specific rules? Do we always need to follow them? Check out the post and share your thoughts on the topic as well! The Discussion post covered the stages of writing that we, as authors, go through when working on a project. What stage are you in right now? The featured poem that week was Cağaloğlu, by J.D. McClatchy.
Finally, this week’s Writing Advice post discussed the technique of notating as you are editing a piece of writing. If you’re working on a long project, and have taken some time away from it, you may have to take notes for your own benefit while editing. What are some editing practices that you use? The featured poem this week was Vulnerability says, by Rusty Morrison.
Last, but certainly not least, Simone Muench wrote us a blog post at the end of this past week. Simone wrote about the Writing Process Blog Tour, and she talks about what she writes and why she writes it. It’s an insightful and interesting post from the Jet Fuel Review’s faculty advisor, and I highly recommend that you take a look at it.
Join us in the coming weeks for even more blog posts about writing, reading, and general literary topics.
— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan