Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now Is the Time to Start Writing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Now Is the Time to Start Writing

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Byline: Kathy Marsh

I love a good story. How many of us have said to someone, "You should write that down?" Like a cursor blinking endlessly on a blank computer screen, it's easy to get stuck waiting for the perfect time, words and ideas to get us writing.

Fleming Island resident and writer, Joyce Davidson, advises wanna-bes: "Don't put it off until you found a mate, the kids are grown, you retire, you need space, money, a computer, and so on." Before you know it, days turn into weeks and months into years.

Another excuse might involve feeling inadequate about your writing ability. How many of us wish we had paid a little more attention in our high school English classes? The good news is that it's never to late to learn.

If you would like 2007 to be the year of "No more excuses for not writing," immerse yourself in the entire writing process by designing your own plan of action:

-- TAKE A WRITING COURSE: St. John's River Community College offers both on-campus and online non-credit continuing education courses. There are 30 online courses, including a beginning writer's workshop, mystery writing and travel writing.

-- ATTEND A WRITERS' GROUP: It is important to have your writing read aloud, to be critiqued and to be in the company of other writers. Consider visiting groups such as Orange Park Writers (Yvonne VanDerLinden, 269-4448), North Florida Writers (NFW, www.northfloridawriters.org) and Promoting Outstanding Writers (POW!, www.pow100.com). Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring something they have written to be read.

VanDerLinden, author of The Purple Moose, says, "We need to get the word out about the Orange Park Writers group. There may be another Harry Potter out there waiting to be born." She says her group is eager to add new members and asks those interested to contact her.

-- STUDY DIVERSE WRITING STYLES: North Florida Writers published an anthology, "Saturday at 2," last year, containing works from 19 of its members, including Clay County writers Davidson, Joel Young, Margie Sauls and Carrol Wolverton. …

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