Catholic Writer’s Conference: “ABC’s of Good Writing” Links

Congratulations to Mary at “Passionate Perseverence,” who won the writer’s basket for writing down the most words associated with good writing — I believe she had 138!

bym-newOn Thursday at 10:30 I’m giving a talk about the “ABC’s of Good Writing.”

The truth is, I didn’t feel comfortable talking on the subject based on my own experiences — granted, I’ve edited my fair share of good and bad writing, and have a couple of book credits. But seriously, who am I to say, “If you want to be a good writer (like me) do THIS!!!”

Of course, if you want to find out how good a writer I really am, feel free to buy a copy of one of my books, such as Behold Your Mother or Raising Up Mommy!

No, instead I’m turning it into a word-association game with some pithy quotes, writing exercises, and door prizes thrown in. I’m also going to refer to a few sites to which you might be wanting the links, so I thought I’d post them here!

Sally Stuart’s “Christian Market Writer’s Guide”

Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac”

“The Seven Second Test”

“If You Send an Editor a Query Letter”

Books mentioned:

Julie Cameron The Artist’s Way

Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones

Anne Lamott Bird by Bird

Stephen King On WritingLynne Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Brenda Ueland If You Want to Write

Vinita Hampton Wright The Soul Tells a Story

William Zinsser On Writing Well: A Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction

Not mentioned (but should have been): Chicago Manual of Style

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2 Comments

  1. Heidi – I will ne there this week attending the conference. I look forward to your talk on Thursday. It would be lovely to finally meet you! See you then.

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