Writers are always looking for inspiration. To me, a story begins with either the
characters or the plot. And any story is made better when the characters have depth, are more than just what they call a cardboard figure. You add depth by adding personality, interesting and diverse experience, and characters who aren’t all the same.
I’m a lifelong reader of newspapers. And one place where I’ve found interesting stories of people in a newspaper is in the . . .
Over on Edie Melson’s blog The Write Conversation, I wrote a post about what you can learn from an obituary and how it can help your story. You can read it here.
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Recently I had a post on The Write Conversation about getting feedback as a writer. Hearing criticism is rarely fun, even when the person is correct and the feedback is helpful. It’s hard to look past the slap in the face.
But we learn by receiving criticism, especially good criticism from people who know what they are talking about. In my post I gave four places to go to get feedback on your writing.
Before I direct you to a great post by Lori Hatcher about the power of positive words, I want to tell you about some thoughts I have for the direction of this blog.
As you can see from my recent posts, I’ve gotten negligent in my posting. When I think about it, the reason is simple, I’ve lost my focus.
I know many other bloggers run into this. I’ve had this blog going since 2013. The ideas I started with have run out, and my life and many of my goals have changed. When I started, the purpose of this blog was to help people find jobs and grow in their careers. Although that’s important, it’s no longer my priority.
But not only did my focus change, I was trying to write as the mood hit. It’s hard to continue when you don’t have a goal, a destination.