Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tera -- Living My Five

This has crazy couple of weeks in TLCville. I'm under deadline (still) and have been swamped with family business stuff. (Also, I got a little distracted by some news that I can't quite share yet, but I'm back now.)

Anyway, the point is that I haven't had much time to think about anything related to my Five, let alone actually do anything about them. Other than carrying my eco-friendly reusable cup to Starbucks every day I've been pretty singularly focused on ... stuff. So, last night, as I was pre-posting this blog and decided what to report I decided to do something free and easy about one of my more neglected Five. What did I do?

Writing Mentorship

I posted a blog. Two, actually, but the second part won't post until tomorrow. I thought about what kind of advice I would like to give to aspiring writers out in the world and decided that it would be best to start at the beginning.

Before You Write a Word

The first part talks about the importance of reading in the development of your writing skills, about how reading opens your mind to ways of expressing yourself. The second part will talk about research--the how-to-write-a-book kind, not the what-brand-of-sneaks-does-my-character-wear kind--and how to educate yourself in both the craft and the career of writing.

I hope these two articles are helpful to aspiring writers out there and I promise to answer any commented questions in a follow-up blog.

Are you ready to Live Your Five?


  1. Awesome writing post, Tera! It's so funny how reading sometimes feels like a guilty pleasure (why, if I could be reading, I could be writing!). :-) But you're so right. I think I've learned most of what I know from reading other people's books rather than from a class I took on writing. (And love the quotes, btw!)

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  3. Okay, I deleted that earlier post because I accidentally called you Becca, whom I love and adore as we all do, but you are not Becca, you are TERA.

    So, ahem, let me begin again by saying, TERA, that is such a great way to give back, and I agree that reading lots of books is key to someday writing books. I learned more about the rhythm of storytelling this way more than any other!