Posted by Autumn Jordon Feb 27 2017, 12:01 am in advice for writers, Autumn Jordon, craft, Industry news, publishing industry, Writer's Education, writer's life, Writer's Support, Writer's Toolbox
I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning. On my last day walking this earth, I intend to learn something about this world, or the world I’m about to enter, or myself.
I wince when I hear people say they don’t need to know this or that. Why won’t you want to know something about everything?
Since this is a blog for writers and we focus mainly on the craft of writing and publishing industry and elements related to both, I’ll speak to the authors reading this. Never stop studying the craft. Never turn a deaf ear to information that relates to your small business. Never stop learning about humanity and the world, because they feed your creative well.
No moment in time has offered us so many venues in which we can expand our minds. We have the ability to fly to the other side of the world in a day and experience cultures our forefathers never heard of. We can open a window to the worldwide web and learn about every uncover stone in history, and steps that will change our world today, tomorrow, in years to come.
We are friends to people all over the globe and share our daily lives, hopes and dreams, having never met them face to face.
Since the majority of information shared is through written word, we have a responsibility to humanity to never stop educating ourselves and share what we’ve learned, be it through poetry, screenplays, non-fiction or fiction, but the majority of us, on government income tables, qualify as starving artist. So how can we continue to learn, to improve ourselves as artists?
There are so many avenues that cost little or nothing. Here are ten ways.
- Blogs like the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, where experienced writers who published, both traditionally and independently, and are willing to share their journeys and help guide others.
- Many authors have writer related archives on their websites where they share articles on craft.
- Local or National writing organizations. There is nothing like being in a room with other writers, even if the group is small.
- On-line writers groups. Check RWA for info on on-line chapters.
- Craft books. Buy used if on a budget, or trade off with other writers.
- Industry related magazines. Check for on-line magazines also. Many are free.
- Conferences or workshops. Many conferences are breaking down their venues and offering the purchased of one day, two day or entire conference packages, making attending more affordable to some.
- Conference workshop recordings. If you can’t attend the event, this is the next best thing.
- On-line classes. I, and several other Ruby Sisters, love Margie Lawson classes (margielawson.com). Intense, but worth the time and money! And I’ve taken Master classes from James Patterson and Arron Sorken through masterclass.com. I review classes constantly. Michael Hauge also offers a lot of information on his website, storymastery.com.
- Reading. You can learn about the craft just by studying your favorite authors’ works. Whether you write every day or not, reading, learning, every day should be a priority.
There are more venues to help you on your journey and I know some of the sisters will jump in and offer them up, but if something has helped you, please share in the comments below.
Autumn Jordon is the award-winning author of romantic suspense-mystery-thrillers such as her Golden Heart Finalist and Golden Leaf winner His Witness To Evil. After her family business was comprised by The Russian Mafia and the FBI investigated, she grabbed her note pad and pen and went on to interview the agents. Join her newsletter at www.autumnjordon.com and be privy to upcoming releases, sales, and events. Also, you’ll receive free reads and be entered into her monthly contest for great prizes.