I spoke at the Military Writers Society of America conference on “The Business of Writing” last year. Since starting my own business in 2014, I’ve talked to many people interested in starting their own writing businesses. I’m sharing a few of my slides here for any readers who may be interested in a similar pursuit. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts and lessons learned.
I recently spent a fantastic weekend with the Veterans Writing Project. For those not familiar, the Veterans Writing Project is a non-profit based in Washington, DC, offering no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members.
During the two-day seminar, I spoke up when I had information I thought may help others. I was going to send the list of websites and references I mentioned to the other seminar attendees, and thought – why not share it with others?
So here are some tips that came to my mind during this course, which I hope may be of some use to you. [Read more…]
As part of a Storyweaving Writer’s Workshop, I chose the following quote from a list:
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
-W. Somerset Maugham
I was then told to write the three rules of writing “dos” that work for me, and the three don’ts (in 15 minutes). So, here goes.
WHAT WORKS [Read more…]
I like to share, particularly when I’ve invested time at a conference and gained information of potential value to others. So, read on, and consider having saved yourselves several hundred dollars and a few hours of your lives. In your chairs, I’ll bring you highlights of a lecture and exercise during the American Horse Publications’ 2012 Seminar in Williamsburg, VA.
Jody Jaffe and John Muncie’s dynamic “Better Story Crafting” session at the annual seminar provided tips I thought worthy of repeating.
As career journalists and writing professors, including workshops through their company, The Comma Factory, Jody and John’s discussion focused on the journalistic side. But as reflected in the couple’s own words in the conference program, “Good writing is good writing, regardless of the subject.” I believe the tips I’ve pulled out below apply to all writing, whether it be a blog post, fiction, journalism, or even a personal journal. I tend to like visuals, and points I can easily remember, which may explain why I connected so well with the workshop’s main point:
When writing a story, you are developing a mountain your reader is climbing. [Read more…]