by Steve Laube
Depending on where you live and your school district policies you may already be in a back-to-school mode or preparing for it.
It got me to thinking about the need for all writers to always have a “back to school” mentality.
Here are six things we can learn from always going “back to school.”
- Anticipation. The joyful feeling that something great is going to happen.
- Dread. The accompanying feeling that something awful is going to happen.
- Fun. Put the first two together and you have an adventure.
- Learn. The desire to learn something new. Terry Whalin reads a new book on the craft of writing or the publishing business each month. That is an example for all writers.
- Growth. Growth happens over time and through much work and perseverance. Ronie Kendig spent eight years from the time she first began pursuing publication to the date her first novel was released. That is perseverance.
- Reward. There is never a “graduation” ceremony from the school of writing. It is a lifetime experience. But the rewards are great because words can change lives.
This Fall and next Spring I would encourage you to attend a writers conference. It can be like going back to school…but in a fun way (see #3).