Congratulations to Mary at “Passionate Perseverence,” who won the writer’s basket for writing down the most words associated with good writing — I believe she had 138!
The truth is, I didn’t feel comfortable talking on the subject based on my own experiences — granted, I’ve edited my fair share of good and bad writing, and have a couple of book credits. But seriously, who am I to say, “If you want to be a good writer (like me) do THIS!!!”
No, instead I’m turning it into a word-association game with some pithy quotes, writing exercises, and door prizes thrown in. I’m also going to refer to a few sites to which you might be wanting the links, so I thought I’d post them here!
Sally Stuart’s “Christian Market Writer’s Guide”
Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac”
Julie Cameron The Artist’s Way
Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones
Anne Lamott Bird by Bird
Stephen King On WritingLynne Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Brenda Ueland If You Want to Write
Vinita Hampton Wright The Soul Tells a Story
William Zinsser On Writing Well: A Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction
Not mentioned (but should have been): Chicago Manual of Style
In case you hadn’t heard, Craig and I are headed for the “Catholic New Media Celebration” in San Antonio … and so I’m actually writing this a bit ahead of time. Ironic, huh?
So … If you happen to be in the area, why not stop on by (maybe at the Friday night reception!) and say hey? I’d love to meet you!
(Not to be confused with the Catholic Marketing Network’s “Catholic Writer’s Conference Live,” August 5-7 in New Jersey, which we will ALSO be attending this year. Come and see us for that too, y’hear?