Writing Update, Free Ebook

I released Bonds That Bind late last year. It took time for me to realize it but my release of the book was contrary to what I stand for. To remedy this, I am now giving my collection Bonds that Bind for free here on Writings By Ender. If you enjoy it and want to support my writing, you can still by the book but I want to make it accessible to everyone. https://writingbyender.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/bonds-that-bind.pdf This is the link. No strings attached, straight-to-download. If you wish to support me and my writing after reading the book, you can buy it on Amazon here(reviews are nice too): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5BIGM7

Link for readers in the UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01M5BIGM7/

Thank you for your time! 

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Write-Up Wednesday: Novel and Friday Weekly Posts

I made a decision this week about what project I should work on. It’s pretty clear that I should work on a novel next. Not only that but I’ve decided to stick to the novel I really wanted to scrap. I’ve been reading “The Art of Slow Writing” by Louise DeSalvo, and in it is a section about sticking with your writing projects even when you feel like giving up. It wouldn’t be fair for me to quit on the project just yet. At the heart of the novel is a concept that I believe in, and even if the first draft doesn’t work out, I’ll have plenty of time to revise. What is important though is that I don’t stop. Pushing forward with this project will be the best thing for me to do as a writer at my current skill level. I’m going to be anxious (like I am for the short story I’m writing.) I’ll even have major doubts. But if I stick through the process and trust my judgment, I know that a good result will come out of it. So yes, I’ll be continuing my novel which is currently at 16,000 words. I’m going to need a lot of support and a lot of luck.

I want to have even more material on my blog. I want to average about 2-3 posts a week and right now I’m averaging about one. With Write-Up Wednesday I’ll always have one post a week (and I hope it’s at least interesting to see what I think, what I’m going through and what decisions I make as a writer). If I get a short story out that week then it’d be two posts. This is what I have imagined for Writings by Ender right now: Two posts a week, Write-Up Wednesday and another post on Friday, then a short story on Sunday whenever I get one finished. So this week you’ll see another post, Fiction Analysis. I have some ideas as to what I’ll do with it. I’ll be grabbing passages that interest me from whatever book I’m reading. If I’m reading non-fiction (like I’m reading now), I’ll defer to a book I’ve read in the past and pick a memorable quote.

I won’t be focusing on technical bits at first. I’ll try to tackle tone, strength of metaphor, use of language, structure, and I’m sure a few other things will come to mind. Overtime, I hope my ability to dissect a passage will improve. It’s an exciting idea for me, and I hope you will appreciate it as well (at least appreciate any insight I might have on a passage.)

On a completely separate note, I’ve started writing the short story. It’s currently untitled but I’m thinking of something related to trees and/or wood. I’m using techniques I’ve learned in “The Art of Slow Writing” to try to write better fiction. So far I think I’ve generated more original and better-thought-out fiction but we’ll see how it translates to the reader. I’m really taking my time on it. It probably wont be done this week. I’ll probably have it just in time to post next Sunday. I’m pretty excited about it, though. The idea stemmed from a single thought, a single scenario, and I’ve been running to interesting places with it.

Book Launch: Bonds That Bind 

I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks now but today is the day. Bonds That Bind is ready for purchase! As I’ve explained before this collection of short stories is further edited version of stories on this blog.  What I would appreciate is for my loyal readers to buy it anyway if only to support my status as an independent author. It’s only 99 cents, I hope I’m not asking for much. Follow either the link above or this link to get to the site. Please leave a review whereever you buy it from. 

Hiatus and Writer Sponsorship (Meta Post)

I’ve thought about it for a while and I know it might be tough to hear but I’m deciding to go on hiatus starting after this Saturday. This doesn’t mean I won’t be writing, however. I am taking hiatus from short story and poetry writing so I can focus on writing my novel. I didn’t want to keep writing short stories with the novel hanging over my head and I really wanted to commit to this novel idea 100%. I will be back blogging short stories and poetry after I am done with the writing and editing process (whenever that maybe). From time to time, I will post progress on my novel an I might even post a poem or short story on weeks that I get really bogged down by writer’s block.

But I don’t want Writings By Ender to become a dead site. I would regret it as much as not finishing the novel. So I am doing what I will be calling a “Writer Sponsorship.” What’s that? The one writer I decide to sponsor under Writings By Ender will be responsible for writing content for the blog. I will expect the sponsored writer to come up with short stories no shorter than 2000 words in length at least every two weeks. In return the sponsored writer will be able to have their writing reach a following of about 10,000(and counting) people and a portion of any ad revenue (I don’t make any revenue now but the site is still growing and ad revenue is a possibility).

Are you interested? Good. Here’s what I’ll need from you:

  • A brief letter talking about your life and your writing
  • A list of your 10 most recent short story publications with genre. (Applicants without publications are more than welcome to apply!)
  • Any writing awards (If not applicable, that’s still fine
  • One sample of your best work (Please use .pdf or .docx)

All applications are to be sent to Austinlamarwiggins@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support and interest,

Austin L. Wiggins
Writings By Ender

Surprise and Update (Meta Post)

I’ve been working on this pretty quietly for a while now (unless you’ve seen me on twitter), and it’s finally time to announce my latest project. I am the co-creator of a new LitMag called Beautiful Losers Magazine and we are going live this Friday (May 20th) at 12PM EST. We will be rolling out published works on Medium.com initially and hope to grow from there and you can find us on twitter as well

Beautiful Losers Magazine is also taking submissions! Just send your poem, short fiction, or nonfiction to beautifullosersmagazine@gmail.com and we’ll get to you within 2 weeks. We’ve all been putting a lot of work into this project and we hope that the effort shines though this Friday!

Now to move to the future of this blog. I’ve been thinking about it for a while it’s best that I focus more on fiction than nonfiction. This means that as of now, I will be doing a rotation of short fiction and poetry every other week. Only when I have something of significance to say, will I write non-fiction (which I assume will be more rare). You (my readers, loyal or otherwise) will be be able to get a closer look at my progression as a writer which will result in more quality content. I’ve made this decision after carefully evaluating my goals for my writing career and taking stock of what is most important. I hope my readers understand and can be excited for what’s to come for Writings By Ender.

Thank you for your readership,

Austin