How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.
Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This weekend, I was lucky enough to participate in a 6 ½-hour lecture, usually a two-day, eight hour workshop, given by Brian Jay Corrigan (The Poet of Loch Ness). In January of this year, I challenged all writers to consider sharing their time and skills with their peers. Brian Corrigan exemplifies what I had in mind. Novelist, playwright, professor are just a few of his vocations and he still makes time to share his knowledge and experience with those who have chosen the same path.
The workshop included a booklet filled with priceless information that all writers should possess, including developing your novel with a focus on narrative drive, interweaving description and action, and structuring your work.
Brian discussed the importance of revision and being your own best editor. He also touched upon how to utilize a critique group effectively as well as an idea that I have been advocating for years: the importance of editing other writers’ work in order to strengthen your own.
Like other writers, I have to consider whether attending a workshop is worth the time it takes away from my work. In this case, devoting a full day to hearing Brian Corrigan discuss the world of writing was both educational and inspirational. Creating a strong piece of writing that resonates with readers requires hard work and persistence. Having Brian Corrigan as an advocate for all writers who are working valiantly to achieve the goal of publication makes the world bloom with optimism and possibility.