Below is an excerpt from an interview with Literary Orphan’s editor, Mike Joyce. I like this particular answer of his so much because I’m so tired of the same old tired advice you hear/read from writers: “write every day.” Why? You can write crap all day long but if it’s crap and you’re just filling pages why waste your time and energy? Writing when you’re not inspired is excruciating. Writing when you’re inspired is a joy or a sorrow or a catharsis. Go out into the world and experience, live your life, soak it all in. Inspiration will follow when the time is right to write about it. Of course, for some people writing every day is a help. It’s just not proven to be so for me.
Anyway, the interview is great. Go read it all.
SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?
MJ: Purposelessness. We’re not overly fond of writing for writing’s sake. If you sit down to write a story, and flip your pen for a few hours, and then decide to write just because you need to write because that’s what all the manuals are saying… that piece isn’t for Literary Orphans. We want inspired writing.