I am making a recommendation here, to all of those people who I have met on this journey, who like me, feel that they are at the beginning. Still working out voice. Wondering if and when to make the move to publish your original story. Perhaps enjoying the accolades of fan fiction or having just shifted into blogging and wondering if you have the writing stamina to keep all of the authorial balls in the air. It is sites like this one that give me hope but also give me pause. When you find these little gems, these places where you can get answers to questions that you weren’t even certain you had, then they worth just hanging around in for a while. Fossick around under the rocks and see what you can learn about your craft. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I’m off to visit some of her friends; they look like fun too!
As I get “The King’s Sons” ready for publication at the end of the month (yikes!) and put together my writer’s handbook, “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction,” I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the things that define us as writers. As novelists. As wordsmiths.
I think most writers have a lot of characteristics in common. These traits are a part of who we are and a part of what drives us to write. That’s not to say every writer is the same, or that you aren’t a writer if you don’t fit the bill, because there’s always diversity in a category this broad. But I’m proud to think that, in general:
- Writers are lifelong students. We are students of life, culture, and the world we inhabit. Though words and language are our forte, I know many writers like myself who are fascinated…
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