Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More on Giving Back to Writing

Think about all the people in your life who inspired you to write. The teachers from your school days who taught you the craft. The friends and family who gave you encouragement. Think about the journalists who helped you ask new questions, or the bloggers who made you stop and think about the world in a new way. Think about all the novelists, biographers and short story writers who have inspired you with their work.

All of these people helped you improve and none of them expected anything in return. So what can you do to repay them?

How about helping others improve?

Can you pore over a friend's manuscript, helping him with details and plot points?

Can send another blogger constructive feedback? Or assist a new blogger in a formalized program like Adopt-a-Blogger?

How about starting a blog that shares all the things you've learned about writing?

I started Quick Writing Tips to give back to the writing community. What will you do?