What methods do you employ to sharpen your writing skills? Do you read writing publications and blogs? Take classes? Attend seminars or conferences? Talk to other writers? Join writing groups?
I was reminded of the importance of continued learning the other day when I took part in James Scott Bell's webinar on "Revising a Novel They Can't Put Down". It was a refreshing 60 minutes packed full of tips, tricks and tidbits that boosted my knowledge and creativity. And best of all, it was free. :)
During the webinar, Mr. Bell shared the following quote:
"A great story is life with the dull parts taken out."
(FYI: It is a paraphrase of where Hitchcock said: "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out of it.")
I see the application of this thought in fiction, but I see the value in non fiction writing too. Sharp, interesting writing is a great goal no matter what we write. There's always something to learn, isn't there?
Do you think continuing education is one way to help us reach our goals? What steps do you take to stay on top of your game?
Helping those in Sandy Hook, Connecticut
There are no words to make last week's tragedy any better, are there? My heart is heavy, to think of the horrific event and the lives cut short brings me to tears. I'm sure you join me in keeping these families and the surrounding community in your thoughts and prayers.
I am taking a break, but will be back on January 7. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.
Hug your loved ones,
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