Writing for publication is an entirely different experience than writing simply for pleasure. But the good news is that there is a home for nearly every type of writing – as long as it is polished.
There is magic in the short story and it is an art form that is very much alive. Literary Journals across the country publish thousands of short stories every year. Entire chap books are dedicated to poetry. And, novels are still alive and well.
The Northern Virginia area is rich with opportunities to learn about the craft of writing. (Luckily, many of those opportunities are free.) However, writing is all-too-often a solitary experience. It almost has to be. After all, how would authors get anything actually down on paper if they never sat down alone to get the writing done?
But community is still important. It is critical to share ideas, encouragement, and knowledge. This column will be the beginnings of a writing community where we will learn and succeed, and even fail, together.
Samuel Beckett, a famous playwright, put it best when he said, “Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better.” Then finally, success!
Suggestions for topics are always welcome. Please share any good ideas. Some of the first areas that will be covered are contests, literary journals, writing conferences/workshops, writing groups, and writing resources.
The plan is to make the great unknowns of the writing world, not only familiar, but more comfortable.