About Suzannah Windsor Freeman

Suzannah Windsor Freeman is a Canadian freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Writer, Sou'wester, Grist, Saw Palm, Anderbo, The Best of the Sand Hill Review, and others. She is the managing editor of Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing and Writeitsideways.com. She lives in Ontario with her husband and four children.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Foolproof Strategies for Staying Creative During a Writing Slump
  • How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags
  • “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question
  • Second Chances: Rewriting Our Stories
  • Change Your Mind. Try Something New. Write Something Better.
  • What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction
  • 4 Options for Improving Your Fiction
  • 3 Fiction Tips from Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven”
  • 8 Busy Moms Who Published Novels
  • 3 Tips for Riding the Rejection/Acceptance Roller Coaster
  • Getting Short Story Credits is Getting Easier (Sort Of)
  • The Aspiring Author’s Blog Isn’t Just About Platform

  • How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags

    Five years ago I would’ve said I was on my way to becoming a novelist. Today, my novels-in-progress have been shelved, but my short stories have been published in several lit mags and anthologies, and I even manage an online literary journal—Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. There’s just something about the short story […]

    “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question

    Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of their craft. Were they born with an elusive writing gene the rest of us just don’t have? We not-yet-famous writers sometimes ask ourselves, “Do I have talent?”—the implication being that talent is what makes one a real writer. We want some sort of assurance that—like […]

    Second Chances: Rewriting Our Stories

    We all have stories. True stories, made-up stories, or ones that are a bit of both. Stories we’ve written down and stories we’ve lived. Stories that make us laugh, cry, or shudder. For writers, all of these stories are important in their own ways. The written-down ones are often just as much a part of […]

    What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction

    When I first started writing seriously, all I wanted was to publish a novel. I thought my intentions were honourable—that I wasn’t just another wannabe with dreams of making it big—but there was always that little part of me that still wasn’t ready to put in my dues. I wanted it all, and I wanted […]

    4 Options for Improving Your Fiction

    We writers can be impatient—not only with the process of writing and getting published, but with ourselves for not being perfect from the get-go. We readily accept the need for intensive training and ongoing skills development for our day jobs, but when it comes to writing, we often expect to just be able to ‘do […]

    3 Fiction Tips from Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven”

    Every so often, I discover a piece of writing I just can’t wait to share with others. The short story “Dog Heaven,” by Stephanie Vaughn, is one of them. I initially found the story on the New Yorker fiction podcast, and later bought Sweet Talk—Vaughn’s collection in which the story appears. “Dog Heaven” is narrated by […]

    8 Busy Moms Who Published Novels

    By all accounts, I’m a busy mom. I gave up my teaching career a couple of years ago so I could stay home with my children—one school-aged, and one who has just turned two. Soon, I’ll no longer be a mom of two, but a mom of four. We’re expecting a set of twins in […]

    3 Tips for Riding the Rejection/Acceptance Roller Coaster

    The writing life is one never-ending roller coaster ride of rejections and acceptances, of form rejections and personal rejections, of thoughtful feedback and hurtful criticism. One day, you’re down in the dumps. The next you’re on top of the world, and nothing can come between you and your victory. Until the next dip in the […]

    Getting Short Story Credits is Getting Easier (Sort Of)

    When Writer Unboxed held their unpublished novelist search back in April ’10, the first post I submitted for consideration was called, “Do You Need Minor Writing Credits to Publish Your Novel?” Back when I started writing my novel, I had a number of concerns about spending my time trying to get some minor writing credits: Short […]

    The Aspiring Author’s Blog Isn’t Just About Platform

    Some of us aspiring authors hear the word ‘blog’ and automatically think about platform-building. Jane Friedman offers some excellent advice on platform-building in her post, Audience Development: Critical to Every Writer’s Future: Mediocre writers with sales & marketing savvy are more likely to succeed in commercial publishing than talented writers without sales & marketing skill. […] Even […]