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Ok, so now what?

Ok, so I’ve set up my blog, now what? I really don’t know what to “blog” about and if anyone is interested. I’m just a dreamer lost wallowing in my mind of all the things I want to do in my life. But the main one is becoming a published writer. 

I’ve finally gotten back with the interest of writing again. I have, over the years, written many poems and loads of little snippets of story ideas. I have several notebooks with unfinished thoughts and I’m left wondering where I was going to go with the idea. 

Since I started teaching my son to read, and he has ever expanded his reading career, I have thought I might enjoy writing children’s books…namely picture books. One of the dreams I dabble with is writing a novel of some sort. But that is a monumental task. When I think of this and how to approach it, I am lost. I don’t know how to plot, to develop my characters, or even the story. My first attempt at a short story amounted to a chaotic mess that I am scared to clean up. My mind began at the end, then continued with the beginning, developed something in the middle while I struggled with tying it all together. It came out “ok” in my book. I still have lots of questions. And I know I have some serious housecleaning to do. I will get there. 

I graduated from college with a writing degree, if you can believe that; however, it was more of a journalism degree and I never really was exposed to the creative side of it all. So, no formal education for me on this. This will all be self-taught. I am in the infant stages of this, so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I wonder if there is an online writer’s group somewhere…..


  1. Ping from Rachel Morgan:

    Hey! Welcome to the Crusade!*waves*It is really great to get involved with the online community of writers. In the few months that I've been blogging, I'm met some wonderful people and received help with my writing.It's super duper!

  2. Ping from Sarah*G*:

    Another Crusader stopping by to say hello!

  3. Ping from Grandpa:

    Hi LadyJai, welcome to the blogging world and to the Crusade. I am a farmer, not a writer in the real sense, but through my good fortune I'm now surrounded by all these lovely writers.Hope you'll enjoy this journey as much as I do

  4. Ping from Megan K. Bickel:

    Welcome to the Crusade, Lady! There are a lot of us newbies to writing out there, so you are not alone! I'm a picture book writer myself. I bet you'll learn a bunch just checking out fellow Crusader's blogs!

  5. Ping from Adina West:

    Heavens above, you did well finding Rach's Crusade at the same time as your very first post!Best of luck on your journey – and there are plenty of us out here who are largely self-taught fiction writers…

  6. Ping from Jenny Beattie:

    Hi Lady Jai, I'm another Crusader come by to say hello.

  7. Ping from Marieke:

    Welcome to the Blogosphere! And great to meet you as fellow Crusader! :DThere are many writing websites out there. It depends a little on what you want to write. AbsoluteWrite, for example, has forums about near everything – it is a good place to start. If you're focussing primarily on children's stories, Verla Kay is a great website too. Also, very shameless self-promotion, on my blog I'm hosting a series of writing related 'How To' posts and interviews. Maybe you can find something of help there? Don't feel too daunted though, even an entire novel is written one word at the time 🙂

  8. Ping from Rachael Harrie:

    Hey LadyJai, welcome to the Blogosphere, and thanks for joining my Crusade. Pop back to my original post and leave a link to your blog will you, then all the other Crusaders will follow you here 🙂 And I'll pop your deets in my List of Crusaders.Rach

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