If you want to publish something significant, it really helps if you have some name recognition. You get that by getting published. Starting small. Like articles. Like entering contests. Like putting your toe in the water where the water is warm and friendly at first.
The first mistake that we talked about was the idea that you had to write “the most beautiful prose in order to write a story that holds the reader’s attention.” The reality is that by the time you purchase or borrow from the library any book, it has been through the hands and efforts of many professional editors. So, just get your story down; remember that the first draft is just a first draft. Once you have your ideas on paper, you can polish them to your heart’s content, and your editor’s heart’s content.
Then, what do you know about the character you are focusing on for this exercise: his or her place in history or life? Do they have a position of influence? Are they bound by their place in the culture of the community where the action occurs? Or have they been influenced by the events that impinged on life before the story opens?
After nearly three months, I am back at my desk! By Carol Brennan King June 1, 2022 As I thought about what facet of writing we should consider this summer term, it came to me that we have talked about our platform. But we really haven’t done much in class to build one. When I…Read more Let’s Try Writing Something New This Week!￼
This is like planting a garden and watering it. Get your materials and put them in a handy place in your bedroom. Start writing something small, four lines maybe, not a book or anything. This is just a playground for ideas.
February 23, 2022 by Carol Brennan King Reading Like a Writer If you want to write, you must read! And intentionally, with your eyes peeled, as my father used to say. Read the genre you write in – not just that genre, but for sure read books like you want to write. You need to…Read more Creative and Nonfiction Writers Class Notes
Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes by Carol Brennan King We talked in class at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit, PA, this week about the reality that all writers are not created the same. But you knew that already. Some of us are Pantsers: those who write our story “by the seat of…Read more Planning Your Novel or Memoir: Feb. 16, 2022
Carol Brennan King July 7, 2021 Prompt for next week: Write something around the word vacation. Think school, holiday, family, short or long vacations, accidental vacations (a snow day) or intentional and planned vacations. The example that I am sharing here may seem a long way off from vacation, but I was on my vacation…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing Class Notes