Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I may blog about writing, but I'm only able to give output because of the input filling me up. I'm always trying to learn. I know writing is a life-long teaching experience!
So how do I learn?
I have attended the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Conference 13 times.
I buy conference cds and listen to them.
I subscribe to Writer's Digest Magazine, and I'm part of Writer's Digest Book Club.
I purchase 1-2 writing books a month.
I have taken numerous on-line classes, one as recently as last fall.
I have a network of other authors who I critique with.
I read blogs on writing.
In 2000 and 2001 I took writing classes at our local community college. The teacher is a retired screenwriter from Hollywood, and he is amazing. At least once a year I take him out to lunch and I absorb the conversation like a sponge.
I listen to my editors and try to learn something with each book.
I read memoirs by writers.
I read books on marketing, on media, on speaking.
I also teach writing--at conferences, in blogs, to local teens. This sharpens me.
I listen to lectures from The Teaching Company on writing ... and on anything that interests me.
It keeps my brain sharp.
I keep a notebook of book ideas and ponder them through the day.
I can say that every day I'm learning something about writing--how to do it better, smarter, or about how I work best. I still feel as if I have so much to learn!
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