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Right now I’m sitting on my back porch. Finally, a summer morning I can enjoy the outdoors. Not a cloud in sight. No drizzle of rain to further drown the garden plantings and the temperature is just perfect.
Last week I said I was late because of Margie Lawson. The statement was true. I spent last Saturday taking a two hour track over to NJ, attended Margie’s Editing workshop presented by the NJRW chapter and made the trip back home. It was long day, made longer by the fact I couldn’t sleep for thinking of my wip. Anyone who has taken Margie’s classes on line can only imagine the energy this woman projects. Awesome class!
Over the past year Margie’s teachings hit home with me and made a real difference in my writing. If you don’t know what I mean, take a Margie class. Two other people have also helped mold my writing. Kasey Michaels and my critique partner Sylvie Kaye. Both didn’t hold back punches when reading my work. They both gave me advice, whether I took it or not was up to me. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn’t, sometimes I changed my mind after mulling it over and reversed my decision. There have been other writers, contest judges, who encouraged me along the way. The result is my work.
Writing is like any other profession. You need to work at it every day. You need to take lessons and advice from experts, and sometimes from layman, and unless you’re financially set and supported, you will need sacrifice other activities in order to reach a level where other professionals look at you as an equal.
Whenever I give someone the go ahead and read my work, I tell them to rip it apart. I want to know what does and doesn’t work for them. I want my work to be the best it can be.
So, who has helped you along the path and how?