Saturday, June 9, 2012

Learning to Write

I’d worked on a novel for several months, enjoyed the heck out of writing until I realized how little I knew about what I was doing. Writing can be a bit intimidating, and challenging, to say the least.

There's more to writing than typing words and stringing sentences. I became discouraged the more I read about what to do and not do. Fear gripped me, and my muse left.

Flash Fiction saved my writing and returned my muse. She pranced back with a smile and twinkle in her eye. My sister urged me to try writing short stories, after a few false starts, and a lot of nagging from her; I dove in the deep end.

The blogs that promoted writing challenges were gracious and kind with their critiques. There is no way I could thank them. For help me, they did. I’ve learned more about writing, through squeezing a lot into a few words, than I’ve room to convey in this short post. But, here are some of the most important things I learned; that less is more, be tight and concise, edit excess-then edit again, and most of all check it over after you think it’s perfect because you probably missed a mistake. Oh, and one other thing the old adage ‘timing is everything’ is true. Someone somewhere will enjoy what you have to say, you just need to find your audience. So don’t give up.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a long way to go. I haven’t finished my novel yet. I even continue to receive rejection notices. Can you believe that? What’s different? Now I also receive emails accepting my stories for publication.

So click on a fellow writer’s story, or blog, and comment. Encourage them because you never know how much influence you may have in their future as a writer. 

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11 comments:

  1. I love hearing success stories :) Glad you are back in the writing groove!

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    1. Not sure about success but fingers crossed. And I'm writing.

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    2. THANK YOU for sharing, writing and posting!

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  2. I think it was Hemingway who said that no one ever masters the art of writing. So we're all in this struggle together. Writing compels us because it's almost impossible.

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    1. Life interfered with my completion for too many years. Writing now is a freedom and release that's given me back lost years.

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  3. Thank you for the pointers! Writing to me, is synonymous with breathing.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yes to me writing is a breath of fresh air.

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  4. Thanks, Sis for the pat on the back, but the talent is all yours. I'm so very proud of you.

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  5. Hi Jean - I'm with you on Flash Fiction - it is the medium I use to experiment and where I feel at my most creative. I started writing short short stories on an OU course a couple of years ago, but couldn't find an equally supportive forum on the web where I could publish my fiction. So I built one myself, as you do :-)

    I wonder if you or your readers would like to publish there? I literally launched the site today. It's at http://www.shortshortstory.org

    I love what you say about finding your audience. I'm kind of hoping that 1% of readers will like my own stories, but I think that might be aiming high. But I believe in them with a passion. I hope other writers will come and publish some of their work in that spirit.

    All the best...

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    1. Dan your site looks impressive. You might begin to submit to competitions and challenges with other sites as I did. The competition and critiques is invaluable.

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