Megan Mitcham · tools

Learning Curve

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Learning. We start early and never quit. No matter how complacent we seem, acquiring new tools and greater understanding is hard-wired into our genetic code. You know the saying, “You learn something new every day.” It’s true! In 105 B.C. paper was invented in China. See. Something new. If you’re a brainiac and already knew when paper was invented, you didn’t know I had my first kiss at age thirteen. So, ha!

It’s a good thing we’re hardwired for advancement because writing, for the purpose of mass-market publication, has a *long and gradual learning curve with little hope for plateau. An author, conservatively needs the following skills: grammar, punctuation, plotting, conflict, setting, story arcs, character building, tech know-how, marketing, communication, publication options. The list could go on and on.

In the interest of learning, below are enlightening links.

Punctuating Dialogue (Refresher anyone?)

Character Building – Body Types (Makes you realize there’s more to a character’s looks than just a big man with brown hair and eyes, lips and a nose.)

Daily Writing Tips (Something to help get the fingers typing or the pen writing.)

Romance Writers of America – Education (Back to school…)

So, curve away!!!

Megan Mitcham, Author

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*I was certainly going to write steep learning curve, until I discovered it meant complete understanding happens quickly. Add another nugget of knowledge to my score sheet!

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9 thoughts on “Learning Curve

  1. Thanks, Megan. I think one of the best things about being a writer is the fact that our craft demands that we learn and grow with each project. 🙂

    1. After the ego (my ego) recovers from the initial drop (finding out how little I knew about writing a book). The roller coaster ride is exhilarating (when I’m not queasy). 😉

  2. Great post, Megan! Those are helpful links. In the interest of learning, I bet you didn’t know I got my first kiss at the age of 18! I was a late bloomer. 😉

    1. And look at you now, writing the “smut” as Mags calls it. It’s a good thing you bloomed late. The world would have combusted from hotness otherwise. 🙂 Always a giggle, I mean pleasure, Jules!!

  3. Echoing Margaret Etheridge’s comment, and adding, love that the writing community is always so willing to share what we’ve learned. Thanks for the post, Megan.

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