Some articles go viral, draw writers in great numbers, and act like lighthouses, guiding us to safety. We’ve attempted to collect them below. Think we’ve left something out? Let us know at valleyofscribes at gmail dot com.
Advice about Applications and Letters of Recommendation, by Susann Cokal. If you want to go to graduate school, get a job, apply for a fellowship, or do anything else that requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher or other professional, follow these instructions.
Why you should aim for 100 Rejections a Year, by Kim Liao. Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships—my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds, but also more gratifying.
Can I Publish This Photograph of the Mona Lisa? by Jack Lyon. In both the United States and in Europe, a photo that is merely a reproduction of a public-domain work (such as an old painting or stained-glass window) is not protected by copyright.
25 More Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing, by Chuck Wendig. I have asked a question of authors whose books hit big, and that question is: “How did you do it?” And more often than not, the answer is an empty smile and a slow shrug.
6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person, by David Wong. Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you’re thrilled with your life, and you’re happy with your relationships. Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you.
How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day, by Rachel Aaron. Drastically increasing your words per day is actually pretty easy, all it takes is a shift in perspective and the ability to be honest with yourself (which is the hardest part).