The Colorado Authors League, a 250-plus-member organization of professional wordsmiths founded 75 years ago, has launched Writing, Etc., a must-have for the aspiring, novice, or seasoned writer. This savvy collection of inspiration, advice and strategies is sure to bring anyone’s writer’s voice to life. The authors share their personal secrets in over 250 tips on craft, creativity, work habits, marketing, money, dealing with agents and editors, and more, each proven and field-tested in their successful real-life careers. The book also offers a valuable resource list of national and Colorado writers’ organizations, classes, conferences, and recommended reading.
The talent behind Writing, Etc. is impressive. It includes such Colorado Authors’ League notables as Margaret Coel, author of a New York Times best-selling Arapaho mystery novel series; Vickie Bane, correspondent for People Magazine; Tom Noel, Denver history author and popular Rocky Mountain News columnist; Sally Stich, national speaker at writing seminars and Woman’s Day Contributing Editor, and over 80 more professionals. The contributors’ specialties and insights into the writing life cover a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, from poetry, plays and scripts, to memoir, nature and history, travel, spiritual and self-help, plus essays and magazine articles of every type.
Because the published writers of the Colorado Authors' League are committed to spreading their knowledge, the CAL website offers speakers in any genre who will present writing mini-workshops or talks at local libraries, English classes, book clubs, and other forums. Please visit coloradoauthors.org and click on Speakers to locate writers in your area.
Selected Tips and Excerpts from Writing, Etc
"I cast my novels as if I were assembling the dinner party from hell. I don't want my characters to get along. I want them to bring out the best and worst in each other, to be engines of growth and change. Each also must earn his or her way into the story by revealing a new dimension of the protagonist."
"To learn to capture effective dialogue, writers need to learn to listen. To develop an ear for how people actually speak, carry a notebook with you and eavesdrop when you're at the hair salon, supermarket, coffee shop. Write down the things people say, and the way they actually say them. Like, it might totally blow you away."
"Good writing skills alone do not guarantee success in the freelance world. I've met many talented writers or wannabe writers who have never published or have published only little. What often separates successful writers from wannabes is sheer resolve, hard work, and passion. Successful writers simply love writing and freelancing and are not deterred by setbacks and rejections. They'll succeed where more talented writers fail because they're hungrier."
--Bruce W. Most,