On Writing

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m no expert when it comes to writing fiction. In many ways, I feel like I’m just starting out! But I have learned a lot in my years of writing so far, and I’d love to share my favorite resources and ideas with you.

How do you know if you’re a writer? While I think some people are born with a natural talent for using words and creating stories, there’s no doubt the best writers succeed because of hard work – reading, studying the craft, and most of all, lots and lots of writing.

So if you think maybe you’d like to be a writer, don’t let lack of training or experience hold you back. But be forewarned – you’ve got to be willing to learn, willing to accept critiques and rejections, and willing to work hard with no promise of monetary rewards.

I can’t think of anyone who would sign up for a job like that unless they were compelled by some internal drive to write. The sort of person who can’t seem to stop imagining interesting stories or characters as they meet people and go about their day. Or who feels like they’re missing a part of their soul if they don’t pull out a pen and paper or a keyboard and get in some writing at least once in a while.

You don’t have to do it full-time. Most of us can’t, at least not until we’ve put in several years and built up a readership. But even if it’s only a hobby, take the time to nourish that part of your soul that still has you reading this long-winded answer. Nothing you write is ever wasted. It all helps you get better. Helps you learn what works and doesn’t, what motivates you and what excites you.

And hopefully the links and information below (which I’m still working on… so check back soon…) will give you a head start on your journey. Good luck!

A few of my favorite writer resources:

https://hollylisle.com/ – Holly Lisle offers tons of free articles about writing and also paid workshops and courses.

http://susandennard.com/ – Susan Dennard has a great section on her site just for writers, with tons of fantastic articles.

https://www.well-storied.com/ – Kristin Kieffer’s website contains a wealth of information for writers.

https://www.kmweiland.com/ – KM Weiland has one of the most thorough, yet clear, explanations of story structure and character arc I’ve found yet.

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ – Joanna Penn’s site is mainly dedicated to the business side of writing, with great information on the indie publishing process.

https://www.theaterseatstore.com/blog/writing-for-theater-film – If you’re interested in writing scripts for the stage or screen, be sure to check out this site. After a quick but helpful overview, you’ll find a handy list of links for more information. (A big thank you to Anna for suggesting this resource to me!)