on Writing Forward:
When I first started writing, it was a spontaneous affair. I was a teenager, lying on my bedroom floor; I think I was talking to someone on the phone, and I’m certain music was playing on my boombox, as it always was. There happened to be a pen and a spiral-bound notebook (for schoolwork) in front of me, and before I knew it, I had written a poem.
In the years that followed, I continued to write spontaneously, and frequently. But I rarely polished anything, and I never submitted my work for publication.
Not until I started this blog.
In the years after I started Writing Forward, I wrote and published several books on the craft of writing. I put out a science-fiction novel and a children’s chapter book. I submitted my poetry, and even got some of it published.
But it wasn’t this blog that made all that happen, although feeling accountable to a readership certainly helped. So what made the difference?
I developed a writing plan.