Tips & Links

I started out writing at the kitchen counter while my babies played happily on the floor and supper was simmering on the stove. I wrote for ten or fifteen minutes, sometimes for twenty. Once the children started school, I wrote for 2-3 hours during the day. Now, I still spend only 3-4 hours a day writing because I enjoy a variety of other activities--cooking, gardening, singing, praying, playing. Thanks be to God for this beautiful writing life!  

A reminder: you have to carve writing time into your busy day. 
  •      Write every day, even if it's just for fifteen minutes. 
  •      Take writing courses; learn the craft.
  •      Join or form a critique group.
  •      Make a commitment.
  •      Read good books.
  •      Persevere.
I discovered a long time ago that the best way to learn something is to actually teach it. Take every opportunity to help a fellow-writer. Find your tribe.

Some useful links:

Archived Articles from the Web on Business & Craft of Writing:
A Tense Situation
Chautauqua Musings
Dialogue -- It's Not Just Talk
Query Letters -- A Personal Journey
Stretching and Winning
The Unfinished Quilt
Barbara Seuling's Manuscript Workshop
Write Letters for Fun and Writing Fitness
Writing for Hire FAQS

Some articles for kids and grown-ups to read:
Anjali's Kite
A Purr-fect Way to Build Up Bones
Shalom Tidings Pieces
The Color of Skin (scroll down after the article Compliments are Free)
The Science of Smallpox (and A Shot in the Arm)
Tomorrow's Mittens