If we want our writing to mature and our stories to be ready to fly, then we'll have to approach them with dedication, hard work, patience, consistence, and determination--the same that the sparrows have with their babies. But what else nurtures our writing?
- Read writing craft books: I'm never without a new craft book in hand. I have two long shelves full and my library is steadily growing. I keep a running list of books others have suggested. I usually check them out from the library first and then if I like them well enough, I buy them. During the process of writing my last book, I read about five new craft books.
- Read writing-related blogs: I haunt several blogs that are jam packed with excellent writing craft advice: Camy Tang's Story Sensei, the Seekers, and others. (Check my side bar for More Help For the Journey.) When I find helpful information as I'm reading a blog, I jot it down on a notecard.
- Take notes: I have a stack of 4x6 index cards rubber banded together. These are the notes I've taken from writing books or blogs over the years. To remind me of the important things I've learned, I read through a few cards every so often.
What are you doing to nurture your writing? Are you approaching it with the right amount of dedication and determination? And are you giving it a steady diet of craft-related food? Please share ways you feed your writing, and if you've read any helpful craft books lately share that too!
Join in on Friday to discuss how to know when our babies are ready to fly!
P.S. Fellow writer and blogger, Heather Sunseri, just started a new blog yesterday. Check it out here.