January 20, 2009
Yesterday, Joan wrote in and asked for some suggestions to get started writing. She mentioned that she was considering taking a writing class. That is an excellent idea, Joan! What a writing class offers is a community, which is important for motivation and as a support group. It also creates deadlines, which often create a catalyst for producing, for putting the words down on paper for those great ideas that pop into your head. So go for it!
My first published book, Annie's Choice, was written over a period of two years while I attended a Workshop in Writing for Children at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village. Actually, I had been writing for quite awhile by that time, but being in a community of writers, many who were already published, and getting feedback was the charm for me.
I'll be adding more tips over the next several days along with a few recommendations of books that will help you get started. Stay tuned. . .