How many times do we say to ourselves, and each other, “That would make a great story!” The best lesson I’ve learned about writing is observation. And it wasn’t until I started and finally finished my first novel last year that I realized that the key is opening up to every sense and what those senses are experiencing. Right there. Flat out a treasure trove of story telling fodder. Many (many) years ago I decided I wanted to write a novel. Bought books on the craft, became overwhelmed, put books away. Finally four years ago I said, “I’m doing it!” I started by going to my first writing conference and surrounding myself with amazing writers and teachers, and now friends. With the inspiration from that first conference and the small stash of books on writing, I began. Just started writing with no outline or plan. Put on some good tunes and went at it. Joined a critique group, kept going to conferences, and finally turned my manuscript over to an editor. I’m at the point now of publication. Which way to go - self publishing or try for traditional? What I’m saying is that it’s a wonderful journey. And if you love what you’re doing then do it, and do it your way. What’s comfortable for you. I’ve attended and will continue to acquire writing skills from workshops, conferences, writer friends, life itself – and making sure my muse is paying attention.
Side note: I’ve decided to try an outline for my next book. I can now see the value in that if I want to complete my series in record time.
Diane is an artist, former art gallery owner, world traveler, and soon to be published author. Her poetry and short stories have been published in four consecutive issues of the annual literary review, Inside Passages, in southeast Alaska. Diane joined the EPIC Writers board last year.
We have such a variety of writers in our organization that we thought it would be fun, exciting and enlightening to have multiple blog post authors.
We will be sharing all sorts of writing-related topics!