Friday, February 19, 2021

Writing: Lessons Learned (Sort Of...)

One of the things that marks a true writer is that they never stop learning. That's why every conference, every get-together, every interaction with readers may be an opportunity to go away with one pearl of wisdom. 

I still recall a conversation with a reader in which I was asked a question that made me change my work-in-progress and resulted in a minor alteration in future books. And before you ask, I'm not sure exactly what it was. There are so many things I've incorporated into my "voice" now, and although some of them were gleaned from the reading I've done and from sitting at the feet of successful authors, a few of them were those "pearls" that came from a conference, a session with fellow authors, a one-on-one conversation with a reader. Each one is important, and whatever "style" has resulted, I can only thank those who contributed along the way.

For those of you who know I hang my hat in Texas, let me say that we're safe, dry, reasonably warm, and doing our best to "hunker down" and ride this winter weather out.  Stay safe, friend.

6 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Glad to hear y'all are okay, Richard. We've been in the 20s and lower for a week now and the 6" of snow and ice we have is going nowhere. Sure would like to see it rain after it gets above freezing...which should be tomorrow...Tuesday it's supposed to be 61°...I can't wait!!

Richard Mabry said...

Sounds like your temps are as erratic as ours. Supposed to get above 32 late today, freeze tonight, then start warming up. The good news is that our mail delivery started again yesterday--haven't gone to the post office to check there. Oh, and although I haven't written any more new stuff, I did start revising what I had written (which helps, I guess).

Patricia Bradley said...

I can't keep my mind together enough to do much more than write blog posts. lol. Our PO closed and no mail since Saturday. And the grocery stores are out of food. lol. Thank goodness I stocked up.

Richard Mabry said...

Kay has had her second Covid-19 shot rescheduled for Sunday (when this stuff is supposed to have melted). She also stocked up, so it's not critical to get out before the stores start getting restocked. We have been fortunate, compared with those around us.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Yes, continued learning is important. I study about 2 hours each week on the writing craft. There is so much to learn!

Glad to know you (and Patricia, too) are okay. The cold front finally reached VA, but all we got was a small ice storm that's quickly melting today. My daughter in TX has power again, though she's having to boil water for now.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, sounds like you got what we did, but not as much. Glad you've managed as well as you have. ..and that through it all, you're still studying.