My resolution for 2013 was to rewrite two novels and a number of children’s stories. My blogging came to a halt, but now I am determined to make a dent in the emptiness with the hope that something I share may be of benefit to someone.
This blog is dedicated to all would-be writers who could use some guidance. I had two books published and had won awards before I had to face the fact that I didn’t know much about writing. I have learned a great deal since last fall by attending several critique groups. This week, at the League of Utah Writer’s meeting, I read one of my short stories for children. I have shared this story with a number of women, but this was the first time I shared it with men. When one of the men commented the title sounded “erotic” I knew I had a problem.
Words change with time—no news there, but a writer must keep that in mind. People perceive the written word from their own perspective, and unless writers go outside their family and friends to get critiques, they are most likely going to stay in their own box of understanding.
I hope you will continue to write, write, and write. When you get the courage to share your thoughts, do so with a critique group that will give you honest input from outside your writing box.
If you don’t know other writers (I have been there), search the web for groups that are open to newcomers. I found a number of groups in various states, groups for romance writers and groups for children’s writers within minutes.
A special thanks to all who have critiqued my work. My stories are much improved because of you.