The Evolution of a Story

The process of writing amazes me. There is so much involved in making it look simple, natural. Being a part of the process is humbling. To feel the birth of an idea intrude in your thoughts, whether you’re looking for it or not. Then to see it become something that entertains or delights someone else. We talk about the craft of writing, and we try to get people to believe that it’s hard work, but often the hardest thing to do is to sit quietly and let the story develop in our minds, or come to us from. . . wherever.

I’ve recently realized that a writer’s story isn’t just one story. It’s several. And they can be very different. Continue reading “The Evolution of a Story”

Other Helps for New Writers

If you enjoyed my last post where I gave tips for new writers, you may enjoy my guest post on The Write Conversation. I looked at two types of writing, pantsers and outliners. I also reviewed two books from Steven James that are very helpful for all writers, especially pantsers. To see post, click here.

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Advice to a New Writer

Waiting for Dad to come home

I attended a writers’ conference for the third year recently. At the dinner table, a newer writer began asking me questions about what I’ve written and what had been my experience in submitting to magazines and where to go to learn the skills she wanted.

I have a hard time giving writing advice. First, there are always exceptions. Second, I have a long way to go to reach my dreams. But I have started.

I was told years ago that no matter where you are in your journey, there will be people ahead of you, and behind you. You can always find someone who can benefit from what you had learned.

So, what would be my advice for people thinking about writing or are just starting? Continue reading “Advice to a New Writer”