To me September means change. Leaves begin to turn colors and fall from trees. All the kids go back to school, one summer older and hopefully, one summer wiser. The air turns crisp and tries to steal your breath when you venture out into it. Most importantly though, people are renewed. While the “new year” may be listed as January first, in reality nothing truly begins on the first, it’s simply a carry over of the previous year. Winter vacation continues, the school year has not changed, and even the weather stays the same. September though, well everything changes come September first.
This September first is a milestone for me. This will be the first September I will not be buying a backpack and returning to classes. This is my first September where life just… continues on. As if nothing happened. Maybe I’m a creature of habit or maybe I feel stagnant. It’s probably a bit of both, but this September will be my first ever “writing season.”
To start the season off right I want to share an amazing web article that outlines the problem with certain beginning writers and certainly made me step back and think about how I can make my work better.
I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers outlines a few of the problems the author, Chuck Wendig, finds when he picks up new author’s work. From long drawn out intros (guilty!) to over saturating your story with characters, Wendig explains why these mistakes are wrong, how to fix them, and to some degree, why a writer may fall into those traps.
Another place for finding author to author advice is the archives of NaNoWriMo pep-talks and articles. The authors that partner with NaNo are a vibrant mix of best sellers, journalists, and up and coming writers. The guidance they provide is balanced and poignant and well worth a trip through their archives.