Starting in 2011, I am launching a new feature on the Clarion Blog called The Writer’s Craft. The goal is to create a sort of fellowship where writers like you and I can feel at home sharing tips and bugbears in the pursuit of being the best authors we can. If that sounds good to you, let me know! I will judge this new idea by the comments it receives and the e-mails I get at firstname.lastname@example.org to inspire future articles.
The plan for the new format is:
- To create a setting where writers who frequent the blog can get to know each other better by encouraging them to share examples of tips or challenges from their actual work, in a spirit of sharing and learning.
- To judge success by your participation.
A spirit of mutual respect and the shared love of writing SF will underpin the enterprise. No downers permitted, just healthy disagreement when meaningful. Whatever is featured will be about the craft of writing. Short snippets of text may appear to illustrate a question or idea, and URLs to more about the author concerned will be welcome – but the opportunity to learn from each other will be central. If some promotion occurs as a side effect, why not? But it has to be a side effect. If, on the other hand, anyone wishes to submit an anonymous example or suggestion, I will respect their wishes. When samples of writing or references to a contributing writer’s work are made, I will share the article with the writer to get sign off before submitting it for release on the blog.
Do you like this idea? Comment to encourage me! If you have a short example of something to share either as an exemplar you are proud of, a lesson learned, or a question for input from me and others, send it to me via e-mail (email@example.com) as a suggestion for a future post. Please start your subject line with the word CLARION to help me out. What we are shooting for are items that inspire comments and participation … and just maybe help us to get to know each other better as writers as well as improving our craft.