Tips & Links

I started out writing at the kitchen counter while my babies played happily on the floor and supper was simmering on the stove. I wrote for ten or fifteen minutes, sometimes for twenty. Once the children started school, I wrote for 2-3 hours during the day. Now, I still only write 3-4 hours during the day because I enjoy a variety of other activities--cooking, gardening, singing, praying, playing. Thanks be to God for this beautiful writing life!
A reminder: you have to carve writing time into your busy day. 
  •      Write every day, even if it's just for fifteen minutes. 
  •      Take writing courses; learn the craft.
  •      Join or form a critique group.
  •      Make a commitment.
  •      Read good books.
  •      Persevere.
I discovered a long time ago that the best way to learn something is to actually teach it. Take every opportunity to help a fellow-writer. Find your tribe.

Some useful links:

Archived Articles from the Web on Business & Craft of Writing:
A Tense Situation
Chautauqua Musings
Dialogue -- It's Not Just Talk
Query Letters -- A Personal Journey
Stretching and Winning
The Unfinished Quilt
Barbara Seuling's Manuscript Workshop
Write Letters for Fun and Writing Fitness
Writing for Hire FAQS

Some articles for kids and grown-ups to read:
Anjali's Kite
A Purr-fect Way to Build Up Bones
First Grade Friends
Mitochondria: Powerhouses of the Cell
My Children Brought Me Back To Jesus (click on picture to read article)
My Mother's Eggplant
Sangeeta's Silent World
The Color of Skin (scroll down after the article Compliments are Free)
The Science of Smallpox (and A Shot in the Arm)
Tomorrow's Mittens