Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Writing Life – Guest Post: Ava Jae

Today we are very fortunate to have sci-fi and fantasy novelist Ava Jae speak to us about the writing life. A big thank you again to Ava for her contribution.

Nearly two years ago I forced myself to answer a pretty difficult question: would I continue to write if I knew I’d never get published? It was a question I’d been avoiding for a while, a question I’d come across several times and refused to even consider. Because the truth is, when I first saw it floating around, I honestly wasn’t sure.

I didn’t have an agent. I’d never even had a request from a publishing professional to look at a full manuscript of mine and I’d entered and left the query trenches empty-handed several times over. The thought of never getting published was so close and real to me and I knew it was a legitimate possibility. I wondered if I’d spent all those years and all that energy in creating now-trunked manuscripts for nothing. I wondered if maybe I was wasting my time and setting myself up for more disappointment. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t care.

Sure, not getting published ever would be disappointing, but did that lessen my passion for writing? Did that make writing novels and creating new worlds and falling in love with characters that came from my mind any less enjoyable? Not one bit. I write because I love it. Because even when I’m not writing I’m creating characters and stories in my mind. Because every book I write is a new adventure, a new chance to see the world from someone else’s eyes, to see new worlds. I never consider any writing that I do a waste because I truly and honestly believe that you learn something from everything you write—whether it’s an essay for school, a manuscript that you put away or a blog post.

But that doesn’t mean writing is easy and it certainly doesn’t mean that the life of a writer is for everyone. The life of the writer is tough and the life of the writer seeking publication is even tougher. There are so many highs and lows, so much waiting and rejection and disappointment and it’s hard, it’s so hard to spend months upon months—or even years—on something that you may have to eventually put away and move on without. And it’s up to the individual to decide if the struggle and pain is worth it. It’s ok to decide that it’s not the right road for you—it doesn’t make you a failure in the slightest.

But for others, writing is the dream. It’s the thing you look forward to, the thing that’s always there, the thing that you never tire of going back to. And if that’s the case for you, I suspect the hard stuff is worth it for you, too.

Ava Jae is a writer, artist and movie lover represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. You can find her weekly musings on her blog Writability, follow her on Twitter and tumblr or like her Facebook page.

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Dee Tales: Exit


Dee Tales are whimsical stories inspired by photographs taken with my i-phone. A tiny story for you, a wee sense of accomplishment for me. Enjoy.

I don’t know how long I’ve been here. A long time, I think. There are others. Some are desperately seeking escape, others are just wandering. If we worked together maybe we could find out way out. We could scale the walls or dig under them. But when I try to speak nothing comes out.

When I see the sign I’m ecstatic! I point it out to the others but they can’t see it. I feel bad leaving them, but I can’t stay.

It’s time for me to leave.

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Calling All Writers!

I could blog forever. I really could. But I would love to see some new and interesting voices on my site. Do you have something to say about writing, reading, creativity or inspiration? Would you like to promote your blog or book? Contact me at deannadilello at gmail dot com and we’ll discuss!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Your Writing Soundtrack


Music wins.

Books, plays, films, dances, they take hours to convey emotion. Music takes a matter of seconds. You could argue that a painting or a photograph is the same, but I find it takes my brain a few minutes to process the image before I can connect an emotion to it. The first few notes of a song however, can instantly make me happy or sad.

A lot of authors listen to music when they write. Some have it on just as background noise, others for inspiration. If you’re curious, 10 writers share their music to write by here.

Tired of your playlists? Look no further than Songza. This free site creates playlists for you depending on your mood. (I have the app on my phone and I looove it) There’s even a playlist for “Saving the World” which has super hero movie scores (uh, YES, PLEASE!)

What music do you listen to when you write? What are your guilty pleasure songs? (Mine is Shoop by Salt n’ Pepa. There. I said it) Which songs could you never live without?

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