Favourite five: Writing blogs to follow

I firmly believe that no matter how long you’ve been practicing an art, you can and should always keep learning. When it comes to writing, there are a lot of ways to do this: by attending workshops, taking classes, watching webinars… the list goes on.

One of my favourite ways is by keeping up with a variety of blogs. I follow a lot, some written by other writers, some by agents, and some by editors. Each one offers its own value, but there are some that seem to offer just a little something extra.

While I had a really hard time narrowing down my top five favourite writing blogs, I did manage it. Today, I’d like to share them with you. I hope you find them as helpful as I do.

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My highlights from: Talking Fresh 2018

Talking Fresh is an annual event hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. I try to make it to the event each year, though I can usually only be there for the Saturday discussion sessions. This year was no different; while I missed Friday night’s panel, I was able to take in the talks given by each of this year’s featured writers.

Today, I want to highlight some of what I learned at Talking Fresh 2018. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Some days

Idea Journal

Some days, self-doubt takes the lead.

Some days, I wonder if my writing will go any further. Those days, I look back and realize how far I’ve come.

Some days, it’s tough to pick up a pencil or keep typing. Those days, I let the warmth of a good book wash over me.

Some days, I can’t help thinking that I’m just not cut out for this. Those days, I focus on the fact that I’m not writing to become a best-seller, but because writing makes my heart happy.

And you know what? Every day, I’m incredibly proud to call myself a writer.

My highlights from the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Annual Conference

The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild held it’s annual conference in mid-October and, as always, there was a lot to take in and a lot to learn. While I can’t possibly share everything, I do want to highlight some of the more memorable lessons I took away from each presentation I attended.

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My first drafts vs my later drafts

I’m sure this isn’t something I need to tell you, but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyway: Every writer does things differently. Not just in regards to style or ideas, either. The actual act of writing a story is different for each of us. We focus on different aspects of the story at different times, and we each struggle with different elements.

Personally, I love hearing how other writers draft their stories. There’s always something to learn from that, don’t you think? So I thought, to return the favour, that today I would tell you a little bit about how my stories come together.

In particular, let’s quickly talk about some of the ways in which my first drafts are different from my later drafts.

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