When I was first developing my writing skills, I was often frustrated by books that told me what I should be doing, but didn't give me a clear picture as to how to do it. Later when I began teaching writing, I decided to offer answers to those questions and discovered I had a bit of a knack for it. I give lots of examples, because I find seeing something in action makes it a lot easier to understand.
My goal for my writing blog is to offer ways to build a solid foundation for your writing. To provide tips and advice you can take right from the posts and apply directly to your work in progress. I won't just say you need to show, not tell--I'll give you tips on how to do that.Not everything I suggest is going to work for everyone, but that's just the way writing is. There is no wrong or right way to write. My way is certainly not the only way, and may even be the wrong way for you. That might sound strange, but I know first-hand how frustrating it is to be told "You must do this" when "doing that" is more your style. To help with this, I have guest bloggers every week to talk about their process. To see how other writers do it that might be different than how I do it. Every writer has to find their own way, and we do that by trying every technique that seems interesting. Eventually, we stitch together a process that works for us and helps us tell our stories in the best way possible.
I've gone to a new schedule, so you'll find writing craft posts on Mondays and Fridays, guest author posts on Wednesdays, and diagnostic posts on Saturdays.Sometimes I'll post on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but those are typically guest authors or neat things I've found I want to tell folks about.
You'll also find regular columns like:
How They Do It (Wednesdays and some Thursdays)
Guests authors talking about their writing process and techniques.
Real Life Diagnostics (Saturdays)
A way for you to submit work and find out if you're doing something right or not. It's part critique, and part diagnostic about an issue.
To make navigating the blog easier, there's also an Index with links and descriptions about where to find what you're looking for. Making the blog more user-friendly is an ongoing process, and I welcome suggestions, comments, and questions. If you're curious about something I've haven't talked about, just ask and I will.
Visit The Other Side of the Story