Your Craft: Writer, Author, Artist

So you want to write? WRITE! 

The only way to learn to write is to spend time putting words on paper.

There are many tools to hone your craft.

Writing is a soul searching endeavor.

Sometimes you just want to put it on paper and that is called Journaling. Journals can be published or unpublished but they are still your thoughts on paper. You are a writer.

When you want someone to read it then you write articles or blogs or novels and you are a writer. 

Let's explore the various tips and helps that are available to hone your craft: 

  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Online Writing Classes
  • Online Web Pages or links


There is a wealth of information for writers and beginning writers. 

What is the difference between a Writer and an Author?

A Writer is someone who puts words down on paper. Be that 20 bond paper, a computer program on directly on the web.

An Author is someone who has put words down and gotten paid for it. Some make distinctions between Novels and other paid works. But I don't.


No matter if you are a Writer or an Author, Write!

Writing Conferences


The great thing about writing conferences is that you get to meet people. And you get to take classes to perfect your craft. What you write is your craft. It can be an eye opening experience to go to a writers conference and realize that they treat you the same whether or not you are published. Traditional Published or Self Published or not Published at all. You are valued for your craft.


Learn to Edit


Self editing will make your writing stronger.

Where do you learn to self edit? Everywhere.!

There are classes on the net.

There are classes at your local writers guild.

There are classes at conferences.

All You Need is Desire


Writing is easy. You put your butt in the seat and put words on paper, (or the computer).

Don't have an idea?

There are search engines for that. 

Have an idea but don't know if it is any good?

Learn to edit. You can make it good.

There are only 9 Basic Story Plots

Everyone had written the same nine plots over and over in history. Some writers have tried all 9 and have become accomplished in all 9. Some only write about one like the Star Trek series.

  1. Character vs. Character
  2. Character vs. Himself
  3. Character vs. God
  4. Character vs. Destiny
  5. Character vs. The Unknown
  6. Character vs. The Machine
  7. Character vs. Setting
  8. Character vs. Situation
  9. Character vs. Culture

See a story line you like? 

Use one... everyone else has.

3 Stage Outline


Stories can be as simple as a beginning a middle and an ending.

Want the story to be interesting? Create conflict.

Find the story lagging or dying?   Create conflict.

Make your hero loveable so we will root for him/her to win.

Start your story strong... end it well!


Past Conferences

Writing For the Soul Conference

September 19-20 in Murfreesboro, TN

This was a wonderful Conference. I met many special people.

Future Conferences

2014 Christian Writers Conference

October 24 -25, 2014 in Marshall, Texas


This one was great. I took my brother with me and we learned a lot.

Austin International Poetry Festival

April 9-12, 2015 in Austin Texas


2015 Writers League of Texas

June 26-28, 2015 in Austin, Texas


DFW Writers Conference

July 24-26, 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth Texas


I signed up for this one!

Work Shops

Italy Writing Workshop

Nov. 9-15, 2014.

Orvieto, Italy


The C S Lewis Retreat

Tentative October 30 - November 30, 2015

Navasota, Texas