Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A little something for writers

I know that not everybody who reads my blog is a writer. But I think some of you probably are. I sometimes bend over backwards here on the blog not to get too "inside baseball" about the writing craft in my posts, knowing that a lot of readers just don't want to know too much about the nuts and bolts of what we writers do. But personally, I do love the nuts and bolts, and I think I'd like to write about writing now and then.

I'm fascinated about how people write, the choices they make, the techniques they use, the shortcuts they come up with to move things along more quickly and efficiently. I like the psychology of writing, how we as human beings have told stories for centuries and how modern day writers have adapted these ancient skills for new generations.

And I like to share things I've learned that might make it a little easier for aspiring writers to take a step forward in their careers.

So starting tomorrow, I plan to dedicate Wednesdays on the blog to writing. We'll call it Wednesday Writer's Workshop*. Check this space tomorrow for the first post, which will talk about story structure. Future posts may be formal articles, guest blogs from other writers, or simple Q & A sessions where I do my best, from my limited experience and perspective, to answer your questions about writing. And, of course, feel free to ask questions about writing in the comments of any of these posts. This is a work in progress, and what I post and whether I even keep doing this will depend on whether or not the rest of you get anything out of the posts.

So please, tell your writer friends about Wednesday Writer's Bootcamp. This is a free chance to pick the brains of someone who's made it through the slushpile at a major New York publishing house and into print. I can answer some of your questions about how to get there yourselves, and if I don't know the answer to a particular question, I'll find someone who does. Share the link on your Twitter feeds, Facebook, your own blog or your own writing email loops. I remember when I was unpublished, I was desperate for all the inside information I could get. I bet a lot of writers feel the same way.

So, drop by tomorrow for the first post and let's talk about writing!

*I edited this from Boot Camp to Workshop because I don't want to step on any trademark toes.


Kea said...

I think this is a great idea, Paula -- even though I'm not a writer, aspiring or otherwise. It's still interesting to get a glimpse into the craft. Good luck with it!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love this idea, Paula!! I am an aspiring writer and look forward to learning from you :)