R A Whitehorn
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 Journals can be published or unpublished but they are still your thoughts on paper.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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
See a story line you like?
Use one... everyone else has.
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!
Writing For the Soul Conference
September 19-20 in Murfreesboro, TN
This was a wonderful Conference. I met many special people.
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!
Italy Writing Workshop
Nov. 9-15, 2014.
The C S Lewis Retreat
Tentative October 30 - November 30, 2015