Today over lunch I read a couple of chapters in a book written by Julie Mangano, someone I only know via social media, but feel a connection to as we’ve chatted several times. Her book, Braha weaves family history into an intriguing story with mystery, romance, and more. I’m really enjoying it. And as I read today, I paid a bit more attention to the form as well as the content. And I realized, well, I realized, I have a lot to learn! I know nothing about writing dialogue, keeping characters consistent, creating a history for them, deciding how a chapter will flow, and on, and on, and on.
Now, that thought could send me fleeing back to the comfort of my couch and another episode of Fringe. But instead, it’s got me excited. Maybe I can learn. Surely I can learn. I’m not suggesting it will be easy or that it won’t require some serious effort. But just like my pal Ingrid is taking an online photography course and trying out her knew skills, I can do this.
It seems clear that I need to spend time researching writing classes and other resources for new writers. Now, don’t get me wrong. I always knew that if I ever wanted to have a serious go at writing, I’d have to acquire more than just a new desk and lamp on which to place my laptop. I’d need skills. But before, I didn’t give it more than a passing thought. I felt like until I had a somewhat solid idea of what I might actually write, what would be the point? But now, well, now could be the time.
There is one resource I started taking advantage of recently. It’s a blog by and for writers, called “Beyond the Margins”. In it’s own words, BTM is, “A blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of insight.” Several writers I know on facebook contribute and post links. I used to glance at these posts and think, “Cool” and that was that. But recently I decided to follow the blog and I’m so glad I did. Today’s post for example is on the business of naming characters. Really good stuff.
Tea cup check: nearly 3/4 gone and I haven’t written a word in “The Story”. Time to dash over to the other page. Wait here, won’t you?
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My tea cup has been empty now for ages. So until next time…