When I decided I wanted to be a writer, it was not a jump right in, head first, into the pool of authors, kind of thing. I had a story in my hands that I had written to help my daughter “want” to read. I wrote it for her, but then after its use was complete, I wondered what else I could do with it. I didn’t want to just toss it, but I also didn’t want to have it collecting dust at the bottom of some junk drawer either. So I “googled” children’s writers. Oh my goodness the results I got. It was quite over-whelming. My next thought was the bookstore. There had to be a how-to book there somewhere. Well, I’m cheap so I hit the used store and found two books. One was for idiots and one was for dummies, so I figured they were perfect for me. I read them, cover to cover, and again. That’s when it hit me, I had no idea what in the world I was doing. Writing the story was easy, but then what?
So, now you are all wondering, “So…what did you do then?”
Simple, I took a class on writing for children. The class was a marvelous help to me, as it set down the basics, the ground rules, and the fundamentals of being a writer in plain ole English, step by step by step. Not only about how to write a story or article or book, but what the heck to do with it after its written, like the how-to on getting your work out to publishers and markets. That was the information I needed. That was the help I was looking for. It made writing fun. It became a game of where can I get published next. What else can I try.
That was a couple years ago now. I completed the basic course on writing for children and then moved on to an advanced class on novel writing, which I completed about a month ago. My diplomas are lovely, btw. I have several credits in magazines; several in anthologies; and of course one for my novel, Shadow Dancer.
Will I end there? Of course not! I love to learn new things all the time, so this year…..I’m looking into classes for adult writing. Why not? I’m sure I can use the information and the knowledge and of course the fundamentals. Besides, I have an idea for a thriller….