One of my most favorite things to do as a writer is attend the American Christian Fiction Writers conference held every year in September. I’ve met so many of my writing friends at this conference, and I’ve learned a great deal about the writing profession and how to be a better writer.
Whenever an aspiring writer asks me about how to get started in writing, I tell them:
1. Join a writing group/club in your area.
2. Find a national organization to which you can belong
3. Attend writing conferences and even one day workshops with a published author
4. Find a critique group or a critique partner
5. Read books on writing, especially about the genre of writing you do.
One would think number 6 is a given if one wants to be a writer, but I’ve met so many people who want to be writers, but they don’t write. They have notes about the topic, and some ideas about what they want to do, but they’ve tried to organize their thoughts and actually write their story.
Even at the age of 77, I am still learning. That’s one of the reasons I attend the ACFW conference. I want to learn more and be a better writer. Being a part of a group at a conference or in a writing club near home, an unpublished writer can learn so much about the world of writing. At conferences writers have the opportunity to meet and interact with editors and agents in attendance as well as pick the brain of other writers.
Christian writers care about each other and want to help others to be good writers. Christian non-fiction has always sold in the stores when the subject matter touches a place the reader needs in his or her life. Christian fiction can do the same, but many times readers have to be convinced Christian fiction is worth the time to read it. That being the case, it is up to those established writers to stand up and make a difference with the best possible writing they can produce.
I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at ACFW conference in Indianapolis, Indiana in September, but before that I will be a part of the Texas Christian Writers Conference to be held next Saturday, August 3, in Houston, Texas.
What are your favorite things to do as a writer?