Do You Want to Write a Story?
I came to writing about a dozen years ago now and took the scenic route to publication. I felt no pressure to arrive anywhere, but poked around historic sites (old stories) long after the material had gathered a layer or two of dust. I tried a few different genres and toyed with a variety of plotting styles before one day I realized I might get old and die before I’d set my mark on the map if I kept on at this rate.
Was my journey wasted? I’d like to think not, if for no other reason than that I’ve also found I love to teach writing. Because of my array of experience, I understand that there is no “one true way” to completing a salable story. Every writer’s mind works differently, and it can take some time to learn how yours does.
One example: I got it stuck in my head early on that writers were either plotters, who created a complete outline ahead of time and stuck to it while writing, or pantsers (seat-of-the-pantsers) who sat down with a bright idea and no planning whatsoever and just wrote down whatever came to mind. It didn’t take very many novels (of the 11 I’ve written) to figure out I was neither. What has taken me a long time is figuring out what I can pull from each camp in a method that works for me. This concept of finding your plotting style is something I spend a lot of time on in the course I devised.
Opportunities to teach in person are not plentiful where I live in rural Western Canada. A few months ago I decided to start a new teaching blog. Sure, there are many places online where folks can learn the ins and outs of writing fiction, but I didn’t see anything quite like I had in mind (though it may well exist). I set up and fashioned a 2-prong approach to teaching a basic, methodical overview of the fiction writing process.
1. I created a FREE writing course to be delivered by email. When you sign up, you’ll receive the first lesson (the “idea” portion of planning a story) in minutes. A new lesson will arrive every week for the better part of a year as we work through the entire process, from planning, to plotting, writing, editing, publishing, and marketing fiction.
2. I post an article every Thursday on the blog. This also fits into one of the six sections as noted above. Sometimes I accept guest posts but most are written by me about lessons learned along the way.
I don’t think of writing well as “Christian” or “nonChristian.” Like many other talents and skills, it can be used for good or evil. My goal with To Write a Story is to teach the basics in a way that is suitable for anyone, teens and older, regardless of genre and religious affiliation.
To get more information and to sign up for the writing course, visit http://towriteastory.com/. If you’d like to subscribe to the blog entries, there’s a sign-up for that on the sidebar as well. You can also follow me on Twitter at @towritestory. I tweet at least a dozen writing quotes daily as well as links to my blog articles.
If you’ve always wanted to write a story, I hope you’ll join me!
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