August already, where did the time go?
The first Monday of each month is when you can ask your writing-related questions and I’ll do my best to answer. Questions can be posted ahead of time and I’ll answer during Monday August 6. I monitor the blog and post answers throughout the day. Sometimes discussions go past Monday into the week, and that’s OK too.
First I’d like to ASK a question – are we writing too much?
With all the blogs, interviews, articles and courses about writing out there, plus the vast number of “indie” published books for sale, there has never been more choice of writing or information about the craft.
Some information is amazing. You can access practically every editor and agent in the business. You can ask questions, make comments, take part in discussions. You can also chat with your favourite authors, review books and read reviews by others. So how do you sort out what’s useful?
Here are my three tips:
1. Look at who’s giving the advice.
Are they published? In what markets? Are their books successful? If the answers are mostly yes, you know they speak from experience. You don’t have to agree with everything, but it’s worth your time to consider.
2. Is the advice written on tablets of stone?
If it is, approach with caution. The best teachers of writing recommend using what you find useful and leaving the rest. I’m wary
of anyone who suggests there’s only one way to write. There are as many ways as their are writers.
3. Is the information current?
In a landscape where changes are occurring daily, you need to know the advice you’re relying on is up to date.. Even better if it’s forward looking and willing to explore where we might go from here.
What do you look for in workshops, how-to books and writing advice? What are you not getting but would like to?
Let First Monday Mentoring begin. Feel free to post about these or any other aspects of writing, I’ll do my best to answer.
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