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On Writing–2 Authors Thoughts





A sick sense of failure or a miraculous feeling.  Two outstanding authors with two very different approaches to their writing.  I believe their message is to write, no matter what you are feeling.  Grind if you have to, but keep at it.  Your idea’s are “clamoring to become visible”.

Reddit for Writers: 47 Writing Subreddits to Explore

By: Jess Zafarris   & Writer’s Digest

Image by Jess Zafarris

To the uninitiated, Reddit can seem like the Wild West of the web—and that’s not entirely inaccurate. But “the front page of the internet” is also a wealth of information, knowledge, resources, inspiration and so much more. Part anonymous message board platform, part social news and media aggregator, Reddit has more than 520 million regular monthly visitors and more than 1.2 million active subreddits, or categorized message boards that you can subscribe to in order to make popular submissions appear on your “front page” when you visit Reddit.com or the mobile app. The most common subreddits include /r/aww for cute critters, /r/pics for neat photos, and /r/askreddit for posing social questions to the community—but really, there’s one for everything. And I mean everything, including one dedicated entirely to photos of bread stapled to trees, but also including several excellent writing subreddits that provide critiques, craft and publishing advice, ideas and prompts, and more.

I’ve been participating on the site for more than six years, including maintaining a fairly active presence on several of these writing subreddits while lurking on others, so I thought I’d supplement my 101 Best Websites for Writers feature in the May/June 2019 issue with a guide to the many Reddit destinations where writers can find useful information and resources.

First thing to know: Reddit is anonymous and very, very public. Don’t post personal details unless you want the whole world knowing them. Plus it’s usually against the rules.

Speaking of, be sure to read and follow the rules of the subreddits you visit, or you’ll risk your post being deleted—or even having your account banned.

Also, especially in the writing subs, Redditors don’t pull any punches with criticism, and the communities include basically every demographic in the world (with a tilt in favor of millennial men), so steel your heart and mind before engaging or posting questions, images or written work. Upvote content you enjoy and engage with other users’ posts to encourage activity and community in each sub.

One more note: As you peruse the subreddits below, you’ll find my Editor’s Choice subreddits spotlighted with a ★.


Below are the two general writing subreddits—the differences lie in the size, personality and attitudes you’ll encounter in each one. The first is the largest subreddit and community dedicated to writing, but the latter is more typically open to critiques and has more flexible rules around what you’re allowed to post.

Critique & Community

  • ★ DestructiveReaders (/r/destructivereaders): “DestructiveReaders isn’t about writers being nice to writers; it’s about readers being honest with writers. We deconstruct writing to construct better writers.” Remember when I said that Reddit isn’t for the faint of heart? That’s especially accurate in this writing critique subreddit.
  • WritersGroup (/r/writersgroup): Visit this community for constructive and thoughtful peer-review of your written work. While this group is helpful and has a decent amount of subscribers, it’s not terribly active.
  • NaNoWriMo (/r/nanowrimo): A community dedicated to support and advice during National Novel Writing Month.

Publication Advice

  • ★ PubTips (/r/pubtips): Started by user MNBrian, who works for a literary agency and also runs the Habits & Traits newsletter, this polished subreddit features wisdom from a variety of publishing experts and allows you to post your query letter for easy community critique.
  • SelfPublish (/r/selfpublish): This extremely helpful subreddit is a place “for writers to discuss the process of self-publishing, share experiences in the ‘industry,’ and read up on self-publishing news.”
  • Publishing (/r/publishing): This reasonably active community is great for “talking about publishing—the industry, the future, trends, and ideas.”


Did Jess wet your appetite for more ?  I hope so because there’s much more in the article including genres, freelancing, prompts, inspiration, etc..  Here is a link to the article:


Danielle Steel Just Published Her 185th Novel—and Has No Plans of Slowing Down

Article by Elena Nicolaou

Here are some excerpts from the article

Danielle Steel standing in front of a window posing for the camera: What does it take to be the bestselling author alive? Danielle Steel opens up about typewriters, 20-hour work days, and the secret side of her no one knows. © Brigitte Lacombe What does it take to be the bestselling author alive? Danielle Steel opens up about typewriters, 20-hour work days, and the secret side of her no one knows.

  • Danielle Steel’s 185th novel, Spy, came out on November 26.
  • Steel, who has been writing novels on the same typewriter since she was 19 years old, has sold over 800 million copies and is the bestselling author alive.
  • In this candid Q&A, Steel opens up about her legendary career, her beloved brood of nine children, and the secret side of her no one knows.

The events of Danielle Steel’s life read like a modern-day fairy tale. Or perhaps they read like the plot of one of her own bestselling books—sagas about ordinary people whose lives turn sharply in the direction of adventure.

After her first book, Steel’s next five books didn’t sell—but the sixth one did. “I always say to young people who are writing: If I had quit after three, I wouldn’t have the career I have today,” Steel says.

She adds that as much as her jet-setting life seems glamorous, there’s also an isolation that accompanies literary fame.

I got hooked on writing books. I love it. Now, it’s my dream job. I can’t think of another job I’d enjoy as much. Writing books makes you more interested in people’s problems, because we all have those problems. It doesn’t matter who you are—you’re subject to the same worries and problems and illnesses and losses.

I try to be in my office by 8 every day. If I’m in San Francisco, I meet with my staff. If I’m not working on a book, I answer emails, work on an outline, do research. I pretty much stay at my desk all day. I eat at my desk, which I’m sure is very unhealthy and uncivilized. If I am working on a book and haven’t had a chance to write that day, I usually start writing around 8 pm and go until about 3 am. But if I start writing in the morning, whenever that is, I’ll start on the book and keep going through the day. I work, on average, 20 hours a day. Sometimes 22. Occasionally 24. And then whatever time of day it is, I sleep for four hours, then I go back to the book. I think my body is used to it.

So after 179 books, you’re still not satisfied?

185 books.

Sorry, 185 books. Will you ever be able to rest?

I hope not. I can do that when I’m dead.


There is much more to this article, fellow writers.  It’s a look inside the writing and personal life of someone who didn’t quit after rejection.  Read more at: