Announcing The Author’s Chair Blog!
Writers and readers, this new blog is for you.
Writers – Make your writing sparkle by implementing writing tips, participating in critique sessions, and gaining insight into the publishing industry.
Readers – Watch me develop a story over several weeks, read works in progress from up-and-coming writers, and chat with an author and other readers.
Here is the blog’s proposed schedule:
Monday – Writing Tips (Weekly).
I will be providing a tip on writing each Monday that will include examples so you can see how the tips work in practice.
Tuesday – Watch a Story Develop (Frequency dependent on story progress).
I will post regular updates to a story so you can see how it develops as well as the edits I make over time. I will include commentary on why I made certain story decisions. For readers this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at a new novel. For writers this is a cool way to learn how to build a story.
Wednesday – Guest posts from other authors that will include writing tips and publishing insight (Frequency based on guest availability).
Thursday – News updates from the publishing world and/or from my author’s chair (Frequency based on news alerts).
Friday – Critique group: critiquing samples sent in by subscribers to this blog (Weekly).
If you subscribe to this blog, you may send in a writing sample to be critiqued by me as well as other readers. You need to be ready to receive input, both positive and negative, so bring your thick skin. Submissions must be fiction and 1000 words or fewer. No porn or gore allowed. It is best to send the beginning of your story. Email submissions to email@example.com. I cannot guarantee that I will post your submission for critique.
Readers and other writers, feel free to participate in the critique by commenting on the submitted piece. I will provide rules for critiquing in a separate post.
Saturday – Reader chat with an author: Post questions, comments, and suggestions, and I will respond. I might even be able to have a guest author come to join us. This will not be a true chat-box format. I will respond to posted comments with my own posted comments. On other Saturdays I plan to post miscellaneous items that don’t fit on any other days.
Sunday – Thoughts from the Heart (Frequency unknown): My spiritual, philosophical, and devotional meditations.
Subscribers to this blog will be able to submit their work for critiquing and be allowed to participate in the chatting sessions.
Feel free to add comments or suggestions regarding what you would like to see in this blog. Look for regular posts to begin on Monday, January 5, 2015.