G words are giving me fits tonight. I can’t think of one G word I want to write about. I know there are great G words in the dictionary–generosity, genuine, goals and gumption–but none of them make me want to write 300 words. So let me play around …
Goals is a nice word. I’m sure we all have them. I hope we all have the gumption to finish our goals, and that we discover our genuine writer’s voice while we’re doing it. In case you didn’t know, the more we write, the stronger our writing voice becomes.
Generosity is a beautiful word. I pray we’re always filled with generosity toward others—even if they aren’t generous with us. And that will happen when we least expect it:
- At a conference we might run into a favorite author who turns out to be full of herself. What a disappointment!
- We may get a contest entry back with a hateful comment. That happened to me with my first published book.
- At our very own Saturday writer’s meeting, we might be insulted by one of the officers or snubbed by a non-giving writer we’ve critiqued several times.
Put those kind of things out of your mind immediately because they won’t do YOU any good to hang on to them. We have to stay focused on our own goals and dreams and not let anything or anyone knock us off track.
Here’s something that will do you some good.
For years I’ve followed The Seekers, a blog where all the contributors are extremely generous with their knowledge. Familiar with them?
Do yourself a favor, sign up to follow The Seekers. Reading their daily posts (and commenting) will give you opportunities to win prizes, but more importantly, you’ll hang out with published authors who will share and instruct and encourage you on a daily basis. These writers are the real deal—genuine and generous and gushing with wisdom when it comes to writing and publishing.
Their archives will give you an excellent A to Z education, but two recent posts are among my favorites.
Dreaded Revisions by Tina Radcliffe shows how Tina breaks down the revision process, and All About Fiction Proposals by Jill Kemerer will make certain you have all the necessary ingredients in your own proposal.
I may as well add another favorite and fun post–another G word–Gifts. Take a look. Bet you didn’t know there are so many wonderful things out there for writers. 🙂
I hope you’ll share the name/link of a generous blog you follow. Thanks!