Monday, June 5, 2017

June 2017 Letter from the Editor

Did you read yesterday's quote on the blog? I chose it for a reason. 

If you've ever watched a single episode of Justified or seen any of Elmore Leonard's screenplays made into movies, you'll understand the late and great author and screenplay legend knew what he was talking about when he wrote, “If It sounds like writing, I rewrite it." Quotes like these are not only educational, they inspire us to know at one time or another, he didn’t get it right.

The beauty of writing is that until publication there are always chances for “do-overs.” The ugliness of writing is when you need a “do-over” but settle for “oh, well,” or “it’s good enough.”

Pikes Peak Writers exists to save us from this ugly side of writing. Our organization exists to help writers hone craft. And writing is a craft as much as a painter, bricklayer, glass blower, sculptor, you name it. Writing takes practice, writing involves reading, and writing means investing in education. Writing is a skill to which very few of us get it right the first time.  

June’s Writing from the Peak, is all about investing in writing. We’ll have reviews on Conference, an article on what’s so special about Write Brains, Linda Rohrbough’s Business of Writing column and what she considers “A Big Mistake," and much much more.

Welcome to June. Consider this month an opportunity to invest in your writing and check back in.


About the Author: Donnell Ann Bell is the managing editor for Writing from the Peak and one of Pikes Peak Writer's board members at largeShe is a best selling romantic suspense and mystery author hard at work on her next novel. To learn more about her books, find her at www.donnellannbell.com

2 comments:

  1. So far, I continue to keep honing the craft. I used to spend hours fiddling around with bad sentence, trying to make it work. Now I just highlight and delete!

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  2. Sometimes that's the best way to approach it, Jillian. Maybe it's the idea you're trying to get across. Sometimes I take a good sentence, mess with it, and ruin it by too much fiddling. You can't win. Such a process!

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