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A Writer Needs Friends

Turtle sticking head out

Turtle sticking his head out to see the world.

When I think of a writer, I usually think of a person, alone, hunched over their laptop or notebook. Maybe stretched out under a cabana by the pool. (Aww, dreams.)

We laugh about what introverts most writers must be spending their days locked away just so they can play with words.

And I’ve learned that there is a lot of alone time when you write. You have to get your words and thoughts down on paper or a blank screen, then organize them before you should let anyone, and I mean anyone, look at them. Somebody once said that a great writer is also a great rewriter. (Okay, I’m sorry. I can’t keep up with all the quotes. Even my own.)

But the more I write, the more I learn that it isn’t all a one-person show. And the more you develop in your writing and growing a readership, the more eyes and brains you need to get involved.

Over on The Write Conversation last week, I wrote about the importance of becoming a part of a writers’ group, whether it is to have someone critique your stuff or to learn more about the craft and business of writing. Or even to find a mentor to help develop your plans.

You can read my post here. And if you nave any comments, I would love to see them in the comments section below.

Than you for reading.

 

Make a Story Come to Life with Characters

One way to make a story really come alive is by giving your reader or listener characters that really resonate. The plot is the character’s story. By telling us a story about someone we can like, be interested in, or identify with, the writing grabs our attention and often our emotions.

Not only will an interesting character get us into the story, it also helps us remember your theme or moral after we put the book back on the shelf. That’s one of the biggest awards for the author.

This month, over on The Write Conversation, I wrote about some tips to help make your characters more real and more acceptable. I hope you like it and you can leave any messages below.

Here is the link to Make the Characters You Create Come to Life.

You Don’t Journey Alone

Spring is arriving around my house. The days are getting longer. Blooms and leaves are popping out seemingly overnight.

And now is a great time to consider your life’s journey. What is the dream you carry and what do you have to do to achieve it?

We all have dreams. Some are bigger than others. Many of them we never strive for because of the real and imaginary obstacles we face.

But what if we knew we didn’t have to face them alone? What if we knew someone with power would be on our side?

Over at The Write Editing, I blogged about what a gift we have that God wants to join us on our life’s journey. You can find the post here.

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