I started this blog so I could absorb the collective knowledge of my fellow writers, so I could learn through practice and repetition those skills that practically ooze from good writers. I am not one of those novices who believe these skills are magically absorbed simply by being around my peers.
As apprentice writers, we are bombarded with well meaning but often contradictory advice from authors who have done their time. This can sometimes be confusing and fosters a sense that we are somehow getting it wrong. I find it immensely satisfying to find a nugget of wisdom on a blog that agrees with the rules I want to follow, even if they are slightly broken.
I’ve been thinking about the concept of a collaborative workshop for a while. I would open my blog to discussions about everything from tricky rules of sentence structure to plotting and writing a novel. We could learn from each other, discuss what we find works for us and build a ‘What Not To Do’ list for new writers over time.
If I was to set a discussion topic every week or so, would you be interested? Would you like to see a new topic more frequently? Would you take part?
I am not an expert, I am here to learn too so I would need all you writerly geniuses to contribute if it is to work.
So, to the polls: