This is a copy of the blog I recently wrote for Mile High Scribes - a soon to be chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.
There are a limited number of plots for stories. I can’t remember if it is seven or nine plots, but the bottom line is that’s it – no more. So we know anytime we write a story the plot will be the same as someone else’s. Clichés all have an element of truth. That is why they are created. But, are our stories based on clichés of dozens of other authors?
Well, haven’t done so well on goal of weekly update for this blog, so I’m starting over again. I’m not even sure what I planned for the next entry when I wrote the last one, so I’m starting new. Writing is my passion – especially helping youth develop as writers. This week I was asked to head up a teen track for the Castle Rock Writers Conference. I said yes and am going forward with the plans. However, there is a glitch. There is a probability a gay and lesbian group will become one of the sponsors through a donation to the library.
It’s Thursday, January 29th and I just started working on my New Year resolutions, one of which is keeping this blog up-to-date with an entry each week. My goal for the year is to keep this blog up without missing a Thursday entry for the rest of the year. Last Tuesday I was challenged to think about why I write by speaker and author Kimberly Woodhouse. You can check her out at kimberleywoodhouse.com. It’s worth your time to check out how she brings JOY to her readers. Her challenge was to write to make your reader’s life better.
To all writers who like to laugh,
Check out www.robbieiobst.blogspot.com. Robbie is a writer who believes in laughter and finds ways to share her humor with friends. I hope you enjoy listening to her.
My Fellow Writers,
Every writer, even the most experienced can always learn something new. That is one reason writers should attend every conference they can to hone their skills. No writer, however, can attend them all.
Conferences have a wide price range and the costs of transportation and housing has to be added. They also can be several days. Sometimes we don’t have the time or the money to go to a full program. Does this mean we should give up our plans of attending? No way. Check around your community and neighboring towns. Look for writers’ groups you can join for minimal cost.
Tuesday night I attended the Words for the Journey writers group. The speaker was Donita K. Paul – a great lady who writes Christian Fantasy novels. Sitting in the cookbook section of Barnes & Nobel, listening to other writers share the words of the summer brought joy and a lightness to my heart. We haven’t met since the end of June and there is so much to share.
I have been working on my speaking more than my writing. The two endeavors march hand in hand. I can sell more of my writing by speaking and find speaking engagements by writing.
I have been watching the Olympics, as I’m sure many of you have. I see and hear stories about the athletes’ dedication to reach this pointing their lives and it reminds me of the commitment all of us should have to the work God has given us to do. I know writing is not an Olympic sport, but I noticed some similarities. I wish I could unequivocally say yes to all of these questions. NOTE: These questions are designed using a stereotype of an Olympian, which combined the common things discussed.
Olympians practice their sport several hours every day.
A few days ago, my daughter, talked to a man whose creative son was having trouble finding help and a place on the web to publish some of his writing.
In my writing kids blog this week I invited him to send some of his work to this website. I am so driven to help young writers prepare for the world in which all of us struggle to get our work published. We know that we will not continue to live forever and that we will not be able to write everything in the world there is to write. At conferences and as individuals we help each other learn and improve our writing.
If your goal is to improve your writing, one thing you must do is write something every day. It doesn’t have to be part of a book or an article or anything for someone else. Writing in a personal journal has many excellent features. It helps the writer to remember important memories, which can slip away if they’re not recorded. Journal entries can be prayers, short stories, or lists of things, which happen each day.
The sermon I heard yesterday (Sunday) about commitment reminded me of the importance of being a Christian writer.