So You Want to be a Writer!


So you want to be a writer
You want to write a book
Some basic things are needed
She said, ‘This is what it took…

It took plotting, it took planning
Story arcs and story boards
Creating characters and people
Painting pictures with good words

It took days of finding out stuff
In the library, on the ‘net
Checking facts and checking spelling
Finding all that I could get.

It took lots of happy daydreams
Going where my story goes
Tasting words and testing phrases
Skimping nothing, case it shows.

It took hours of dedication
Writing when my back was sore
Editing and checking
And editing some more.

Most of all, then, it took courage
Showing others what you’ve written
Hearing good and bad about it
And hoping they’ll be smitten.

So, if you want to be a writer,
You want to write a book
Enjoy the crazy journey
It’s just as easy as it looks.’

Christine Campbell


All Christine’s novels can be found here for kindle or here for paperback

Does Punctuation Really Matter?

How often have you read a blog post a comment a letter a postcard a short story or some other piece of writing that totally lacks punctuation do you find it irritating frustrating or difficult to get the sense of especially if it is also gotten lots of ring spelling and mistamen about grammatic.thenwhetherein  a tad of punctinating its not rite either and you get rely lost and hav little or no idea why its about what your redding

Okay, so maybe that was an extreme example, but I did read a short story that was like that not so long ago. Almost impossible to make sense of and, at best, a lot of work for the reader. And that should not be the case. It is the writer who should do the work. There really is no excuse. If you know your spelling or punctuation is suspect, then it falls to you to find help before, before, letting the piece of writing meet the reader. Unless you have asked them to proofread for you or help you, no reader should be expected to struggle through a passage of your writing trying to sort out the spelling, punctuation or grammar. This is in your own interest.

If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, if you want anyone to read your work, it is up to you to make it as darn near perfect as you can. Perhaps they don’t like your style, perhaps they don’t like your story, but at least they will be able to decide that after having read it. There is no agent or editor out there who will plough through work that needs to be proofread and edited. Why should they? There is plenty good quality writing landing on their desks. Would you eat a half-cooked meal? Why should they waste their time on a half-finished story when they have plenty ready to digest?

Get the habit! 

Don’t be lazy. If you know how to punctuate, get into the habit of checking everything you write before you let anyone else read it, making sure it is punctuated correctly. Same with spelling and grammar. Even if it is only a comment on someone else’s blog. Respect your readers. Make the effort for them.

If these things are a problem for you, there are lots of good grammar books out there. Lots of good websites too. Go back to school, if you must. It will be worth it. If a joiner wants to build a cabinet, he gathers the tools and materials he needs before he starts. If you want to be a writer, words are your material, grammar and punctuation are your tools. It is well worth the effort to learn how to use them. It can save a lot of bruises.

The Writing Community Now

Really enjoyed this blog post:

The Writing Community Now.

Hope you do too.

Also, as a writer, I found the following quote interesting. Stephen King, being interviewed on Parade magazine:

At this point in your career, what’s the main reason to get up and compose your daily 1,500 words?
The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, “Never forget, we sell fun.” That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.