Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Back to the Basics

Members of the Kissimmee writers group, One Word At A Time, always have a lot to say about independant publishing vs. traditional publishing, ebooks vs. treebooks, the best way to query agents, etc. New members appear at our meetings every month, and not all of them have reached the publishing stage. I also realized that for a writers group, we didn't spend a lot of time discussing the actual process of writing.

In an effort to meet the needs of all our members (67 on our e-mail list and counting), I have started a series of presentations titled Back to the Basics. The first was presented at our September meeting, and covered basic information such as proper writing format, use of dialogue and the proper use of punctuation in dialogue, establishing POV, setting, and pace.

The presentation sparked a lively discussion, with members who had more writing experience interacting with members who were there to learn. I believe that everyone, the old, the new, the experienced, and the newbies, gained something from the experience, so it was well worth the effort. Now I've got to finish my presentation for the October meeting.