I’ve recently taken a step back from my creative tribe. Still a card-carrying member (and officer in a few groups), but, after noticing unsavory patterns, I’ve had to reevaluate my expectations and dial down participation. Thanks to social media, the...
Imagine sitting down to write in a beautiful spot, up in the mountains, away from distractions and demands on your time and energy. You’ve got a comfortable chair, space for your power cords, an endless supply of your favorite...
Writing communities and classes frequently recommend seeking feedback and constructive criticism from test readers. Taking criticism gracefully is another favorite topic in writing circles. It’s a challenge to get over the emotional and psychological hurdles of having fellow humans...
For some ambitious writers, the New Year is a time to check out new and exciting writing conferences. This is a tangible way to invest in your personal development, and a great way to open up your professional network....
Far from being a hard and fast rule of writing (or professional writing advice), the common adage “show, don’t tell” is better described on a spectrum of style. Firmly on the “tell” side, many early writers struggle to include the details...
Certain common concerns spring up in writing groups and forums that receive mixed responses. One such general posted question might look like this: “What is the right way to advertise your book? I see people get in trouble in groups...
New ideas and research are on the menu today! We’ve discussed the nature of creativity and inspiration several times. Creativity, as a skill, grows with exposure to and participation in new experiences. Plentiful, thoughtful, and varied reading improves writing...
Writers benefit from joining groups and communities, but the experience can be rough when the reality fails to live up to expectations. Social interaction improves the writing experience by cutting down the firm association of writing with solitude, but...