When I first started taking workshops and reading online about the craft of writing, I was struck by how little I knew. Hooray, more learning! Like any good librarian (my career prior to children), I started researching, devouring, and testing out different methods. Librarians also loathe to keep information to themselves.
Much of the advice about the craft of writing online is “Do what is right for you” and “Follow the rules” which is closely followed by “There are no rules.” The advice usually ends with a list of books to read on craft. I longed for something grittier and practical. I want a discussion about some of the stuff I am learning. And by discussion, I mean I need to write some of this out so I can understand it better. I am a writer. It is what I do. I write to understand.
Starting tomorrow, I am going to post every other week (that is my goal, hold me to it!) on a writing topic covering something I have learned about the craft or the industry or something I have found that works for me.
On alternating weeks, I am going to continue a series I started on my family blog of devotionals for writers. They are small devotionals whirch pose questions both to you personally and to your characters. They are an alternative to understanding different aspects of your characters’ personalities outside of a standard GMC (Goal, Motivation, and Conflict) chart.
I hope you will come on this journey with me and share some things along the way.