I’ve been doing this writing thing for a long time.
When I was a young wife in the 1970s, I subscribed to two magazines: Women’s Day and Family Circle. Back in the 70s, they often included fiction. I’d read those short stories and think, I can write better than that. My best friend, Peggy, thought the same thing. We promised each other we’d one day have good stories published in those magazines.
I got serious about writing in the 1990s. A stay-at-home mom with five kids, I thought freelance writing would be my way to contribute financially to my family. (The reality: I never made more than $600 a year with my writing.) However, I did get numerous articles and book reviews published (enough that a newspaper reporter who interviewed my young daughter about her poetry recognized my name from a local parenting magazine). I wrote worship dramas for my church. I also did lots of other writing for free, including a monthly column in a freebie paper. I considered it paying my dues.
I set writing aside to get a job that would actually pay bills. But when I resigned from my teaching position, I fell right back into writing again. My critique group started a blog, and I fell in love with the medium, so I soon launched ARHtistic License.
My dream for my blog was that it would become a gathering place for creative people among all arts. Of course, I love writing, and I especially hope to serve writers. I want to earn a spot on a Best Blogs for Writers list. Most months I include at least one article and/or one guest post or motivational quote related to the craft of writing (a total of 394 to date).
What would you like to know about writing?
- Is there a particular genre you want to explore? Science fiction, essays, memoir, poetry?
- Do you want to learn more about markets, queries, publishers, agents, promotion?
- What problems are you experiencing? Finishing, keeping track of expenses, working in a vacuum?
Basically, if there is something you want to know about writing, tell me, and I’ll include the topic in a future post. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find one, or several. I have a whole library of writing books at my disposal, and I follow lots of writing websites. I can curate resources for you, or even select good ideas from multiple sources.
So, what would you like to know about writing? Share in the comments below.