We'll be doing in-house critiques on a regular basis, so that's covered.
We'll continue to have author interviews and other Interesting Things.
And of course, there's ALWAYS something going on in the forums. (Have you been there lately? I mean...they're hoppin'! Lizzy is doing an amazing job running that place.)
But that leaves me with the big question: What else do you need from me?
I'm going to be writing a weekly feature for you. It's going to be called The Basics. And it's going to cover everything about writing that is NOT about the industry. In other words, it's going to be about the WRITING.
As in, writing.
Because, I hate to say it--well, I don't hate to say it, actually, because it's true--but some English and Creative Writing teachers are teaching bad writing habits instead of good ones. They're not doing it on purpose. And if they knew they were doing it, I think they'd stop.
I'm not talking about non-fiction, by the way. I think most of them have the term-paper, research-paper, two-page-report-on-the-boring-life-of-Emily-Dickinson thing down. And more power to them, because I kind of hate that stuff.
I'm talking FICTION. You know. The good stuff. *grin*
To be fair to them (and, for what it's worth, one of the people who influenced me the most as a writer was one of my English teachers), they're stuck with the curriculum. And curriculum does-not-equal the be-all end-all of what it means to WRITE FICTION WELL.
So. I'll attempt to fill in the spaces. Correct the wrong thinking. And help you all to write like AUTHORS instead of like ENGLISH STUDENTS.
If you know what I mean.
How does that sound?
(Oh, and those non-fiction writing assignments you're receiving from your teachers or parents? I WANT YOU TO WRITE THOSE WELL, TOO. I may hate writing them, but I believe anyone who calls himself a writer should take ALL writing assignments seriously, whether they flip your chocolate chip cookie or not. So no slacking!)