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Twelve Months of Writing Workshops   1 comment

Starting in January 2013, I will offer creative writing workshops one Saturday a month. The elements of fiction are the main topics.

My new website: http://lediar.wix.com/ledia-runnels includes all workshops, time and place as well as novels under Vrint Publishing available on Amazon.com and Kindle. If you live in or near Spring, Texas, or plan to visit, come join the fun and learn at the same time.

The first Workshop is:

“In The Beginning: myths, legends, fables, folklore and fairy tales

 Learn creative writing using the structure of ancient storytelling.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Manic Mode! “Self-Publishing in Free Fall” Part Two   2 comments

My journey as a writer began when my two younger sisters and I would would lie awake in our bunk beds. While they listened, I made up stories resembling fairy tales to tell them. Later, in high school, I wrote free verse poetry, inspired by pop/rock songs such as Neal Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and “Make it With You” by David Gates of the pop-rock bandBread. The stories and poetry I created took little more than imagination and heart to construct. Which is important, but…

A secret that I share when asked about my personal journey as a writer is that from elementary to high schoolgrammar was not an easy subject for me. I struggled constantly with simple things such as sentence structure and proper spelling. To this day, commas still drive me crazy. So, before venturing into the terrifying, wonderful world of self-publishing, I had first to learn the “rules” of writing, whether nonfiction or fiction was the desired outcome. To create compelling fiction, I would need a strong understanding of story structure, character, plot, scene, action, and dialogue.

There are scores of books on writing technique lining the shelves of my bookcase. At one time, I had so many that I loaded up the beginner books and gave them away to the local library and my weekly writers’ group. Over the years, I have taken correspondence writing course, attended writer‘s conferences, as well as taking literature and writing courses in college. I still study and listen to authors that I admire teach me the tricks of the trade. All the while, I continue to write and hone my skills. I know if I want to sell my writing, I must first become a skilled writer.

Determination and the willingness to make my dreams come true have proved powerful tools for me. That coupled with hours upon hours of writing and rewriting to get the desired results. To remind myself of what it takes to write well, I think about how to create a beautiful, livable house. Only a skilled architecture will do to draw up the plans. After that, I would trust only experienced carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other craftsmen to build it. It is the same when it comes to creating sellable writing.

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Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Is your writing a hobby or a business? If your writing is a hobby it’s something you want to share, maybe post it and earn some money from it. But earning money isn’t your goal, it’s a byproduct. If your writing is a business, you’re out to create the best product you can and make money off your writing. Money is the goal.

How do I treat my writing as a business?

You need to create a quality product that you market and sale to readers. This means you need to figure out what you want to write, who you are writing for, how to create a superior product that stands out from the crowd, and where to market your book.

~Read and read and read. You should read books you love, not just to study the writing craft, but also read for enjoyment.

~You should start by learning to…

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