Planning for 2008


Planning for 2008

I’m planning to take off blogging until January 3. It’s family time and I hope a time for me to plan for next year.

I’ve been blogging now for about a year and in that time, I’ve had about 50,000 visits to the sites, first on livejournal and now on my own domain. That’s pretty incredible. But I hope that next year will be even more fun.

2008 Topics

  • Series.
    January–30 Days to a Stronger Character.
    A series on writing with scenes
    A series on prewriting strategies
  • When I asked people to vote, the second most requested thing was writing that first draft. Mostly what I talk about is revision; but I’m thinking about this request. As I’ve focused on revision, I’ve learned a lot about what goes wrong in a first draft and what that process looks like. You’re making me think and that’s good.

2008 Extras

  • Plus, I’m planning at least two ways to bring more people into the site:
    More revision stories from you. I’m planning to post a list of questions about your revision process to help people write a guest posting. I learn so much by hearing how others revise and hope to feature more of this.
  • Another great way to get people involved is______________. Well, I’m not ready to explain it yet. But it’s going to be fun.

2008 Books about Writing

  • Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise (Mims House), by Darcy Pattison
    At last, the Novel Revision Retreat Workbook will be in a bookstore near you. Well, just a click away on Amazon, anyway. Scheduled for an April release, you’ll hear lots more about this in January.
  • Paper Lightning: Prewriting Activities to Spark Creativity and Help Students Write Better (Cottonwood Press), by Darcy Pattison.
    For about 20 years, I’ve done teacher professional development and this book distills those sessions into easy, fun, simple activities to get students writing better. Also scheduled for an April release, you’ll hear lots more about this as the spring progresses.

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As Always, It’s Easy to Stay Connected

1 Comment
  • Maria
    January 25, 2008

    Where can I catch you for one of your legendary workshops? I see nothing listed for 2008.