Writing as a Craft - video

Each of us has felt at least one as if we were foundering in a sea of writing advice, not knowing which is valuable and which is not. How do you choose which advice to listen to and which advice to ignore? While we all find our way, sometimes it helps to take a more formal approach. Author Eric Penz likes to think of writing as a craft, because it is a skill that one must practice to improve. And while apprenticeships may be scarce, there are other opportunities to learn, which he discusses.
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    Hi Ansie -- I found his thoughts to be useful. I like his distinction between writing vs. storytelling and then he pretty much tells us what is true... to learn to be a master at something, it's best to find other masters to learn from. He mentions college education programs but there are also writer's retreats and workshops with experienced writers, all over the country. It's also easy these days to find great conferences where you can meet quality writers and editors. And even in addition to 'experts' like that, it's important to find people near us to give us feedback and support as we pursue the craft. Writing and critique groups are great for this. Online writing communities are another great resource as we develop our writing chops, including here at the Author Learning Center and www.BookCountry.com. I think in the end, Eric's point is that seeing writing as a craft is a mindset. It is what allows us to be dedicated, to do what it takes the become the best we can be at something. Sometimes we just need a reminder to keep pursuing that goal.
  • I totally agree with you on this. Here are a few things you can do to learn the craft of writing: 1. Read the types of books you want to write. 2. Read articles and books on the craft of writing, such as Victoria Crayne's articles, "Elements of Fiction Writing" books, Writer Digest books, etc. 3. Practice writing. Write a lot, using freewriting, writing exercises, writing prompts, etc. You should be writing about 2000 words several times a week. 4. Join a critique group, such as Fiction Factor or Writers Village University. WVU is one of the best places where you can improve your writing craft. 5. Plan your story / book. 6. Research thoroughly (if you have to). 7. Start writing your book. 8. Rewrite 9. Revise Hopefully by the time you're done with the first draft, you'll have learnt the craft of writing too! *Kokab Rahman is the author of ARABIC MADE EASY, ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS, and SHORT STORY COLLECTION I available from amazon.com. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and articles on the craft of writing. Several of her articles on the craft of writing were published in the Kansas Writers Association Newsletter . Kokab also helps aspiring writers improve their writing by pointing out problem areas. She can be reached at kokab_rahman@ymail.com . http://www.kokabrahman.com .
  • Everybody knows what a craft is. Is that the only advice? Find a person?