Recently, I came up with a new manuscript idea that didn't fit into the verse mode (or even the first-person narrative form) which I have employed in the past. So, to help flesh out my idea, I signed up for a WRITING CLASS with the inimitable Katherine Grace Bond. The class is called THE PLOT THICKENS and my goal was to work up a plot outline of more breadth and depth than I had ever done before. The class is amazing--full of fantastic theories and tips and great advice and wonderful classmates. Nonetheless, I began to feel anxious about doing the assignments. So, I did what I always do: I wrote about THAT.
I suppose the most important tip I want to share is that it is ALWAYS VALUABLE to reach out, to listen and to learn from other writers at all levels. In the end, it is the best way to improve, and more importantly, to continue to love your craft.