Writing Like You Want to Be Read

One of the hardest things for many writers to grapple with, in my experience, is to shift their mindset from thinking of their book as a creation that expresses their artistic vision to thinking of it as a product that people will want to buy. Novels: From Creation to Product For fiction writers, this shift needs to occur after the first good, solid draft, the draft where all the plot points are in place and …

What do Catholic writers write?

Faith, fiction, memoir, devotional writing, all represented at our July 2017 meeting. What do Catholic writers write? A better question might be, “What don’t Catholic writers write?” Not just the inspirational, devotional, or spiritual kinds of writing you might expect! Murder, anyone? How about close encounters with extra-terrestrials? Memoirs about demonic oppression or personal tragedy? Science, political philosophy, child-rearing, ethics. Children’s books, humorous short stories, tales of mystery, madness, and mayhem. You see, being a …

Next meeting: July 11

You may have noticed that Independence Day falls on the first Tuesday of July this year. We don’t want to make you choose between celebrating our national holiday and enjoying the camaraderie and critiquing skills of fellow writers, so this month we will meet on the second Tuesday, July 11. Not our usual day, but our usual time and place (Here are the details of time and place). Hope we see you there! And don’t …

You’re Invited to the CWG Conference July 19-21

Although the weather in North Texas has been cool in recent days, the heat of summer is only a few weeks away. By mid-July, temperatures will be blistering — a good time to get away to a cooler northern clime. Fortunately, that is precisely when the Catholic Writers Guild will be hosting their annual conference, this year in Schaumburg, Illinois, the heart of “Chicagoland.” Meet & Learn from Other Catholic Writers Whether you are a …

Evening meetings at the University of Dallas

It’s easy to lose creative steam during the grey, gloppy days of a Texas winter. But I always find my writer’s enthusiasm recharged when I attend one of our evening meetings at the University of Dallas. That’s because many of the writers at these meetings are UD undergraduates, whose enthusiasm and creativity are infectious. You can find out for yourself if you attend our next meeting this Tuesday, February 14. In the absence of Dr. Bernadette …

2017: Write One Day at a Time

The approach to New Year’s Day sees a lot of people writing — lists of resolutions for the new year, that is. Maybe list includes resolutions to maintain a writing routine this year, or to get that book finished or that article published, etc. Me? I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions — not because I don’t want to change my life for the better, but for the opposite reason. You see, I’ve figured out …

Do You Have a Writing Vocation?

Do you find you really want to write more, but have trouble finding the time? Perhaps that is because you still think of writing as an avocation, a hobby, rather than a vocation, a true calling. Those who feel they may have a religious vocation enter deliberately and prayerfully into a period of testing that vocation. As aspirants, they begin to acquire the habits that will allow them to persevere in that vocation. Shouldn’t those …

The Discovery Draft: Permission to make a mess

It’s time for our “first Tuesday” meetings — midday at Sacred Heart Books & Gifts in far north Dallas, evening at the University of Dallas in Irving, November 1 at the usual times. Why not bring a sample of something you’re working on for peer critique? Don’t worry about bringing something that’s already polished — you don’t need to impress us. In fact, you’ll get much more benefit if, instead of bringing a polished draft you …

A new editing service for indie Catholic authors

Recent visitors to this blog may have noticed one small, unobtrusive addition to the navigation bar above: “Need an Editor?” Clicking the link will take you directly to MiteyEditing.com, a new editing service especially for new and indie Catholic writers. A uniquely affordable editing service What makes this editing service unique? First, it is available only to Catholic authors who write works (fiction or non-fiction) that are in some way motivated and illuminated by the …

Twice-monthly meetings at the University of Dallas begin this Tuesday

The fall schedule of DFW Catholic Writers meetings at the University of Dallas has been confirmed. This semester the group will meet twice a month, on the evenings of the first and third Tuesdays of the month. That means that this Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., any Catholic writer in the area is welcome and invited to gather with other writers to share, discuss, and critique works-in-progress. There are a number of …