Monday, February 6, 2012
You Are Here
You’re a writer. It’s just something one knows. I mean, the drive is unmistakable. It wakes you up in the night and makes you forgo sleep to get that scene down just right before the inspiration leaves—and leaves you wishing you’d struck while the iron was hot...those bursts of genius so incredible that—try as they might—your feverishly-typing hands can’t possibly keep up with your brain. You know what I’m talking about. You’re probably sitting there nodding your head and smiling one of those conspiratorial, smug smiles.
But where are you in your writing journey?
Anyone with a reasonable command of the language can write. The question is: are you writing something others will actually want to read?
In the spirit of ‘paying it forward,’ I’ve decided to dedicate my first few blog posts to helping beginning writers find their way. If you’re relatively new to the game, you’ll likely find something here—hopefully a lot of things—to help you make the transition from scoff-worthy beginner to eyebrow-raising contender. And if you’re seasoned, then sit back and take a stroll down memory lane. It never hurts to look in the rear view mirror and remember from whence we came.
First stop on the ‘You Are Here’ tour: What’s a Critique? a.k.a. What the heck is a Critter?