From time to time, Julia and I will use this space to publish writing-related posts by guest bloggers. Today’s guest is Lesley Kellas Payne. Julia and I both know and respect Lesley as an incredibly talented freelance editor. We have worked with her in critique groups and various other activities around Fresno. For me personally, Lesley has proven invaluable as a friend and editor over the span of 25 years; I would not be the writer I am today without her moral support and keen editorial eyes.
Lesley has recently developed an online course for writers looking for personal, one-on-assistance and/or feedback about their writing. Please see her post for details below.
I don’t think I could even estimate the number of times I have heard someone say: “I’ve always wanted to write.” “I could do better than that if I just tried.” “I’ve thought of myself as a writer since I was a kid.” “I wanted to write but Ms. Seventh Grade Teacher told me I’d never be able to spell.” “But how could I ever earn a living.” “I just can’t face going out again for a class once I get home from work.” “I like to just stay around the house on the weekends.” In contrast, I heard years ago a story about an amazingly successful romance writer who had a bevy of kids and typed her novels standing up with her typewriter rocking and rolling along on top of her washing machine—or was it the dryer?
I have developed a six-week online, one-on-one course to respond to folks much like myself who lack the hyper-drive to write best-selling novels while knee deep in household chores and the needs of several small beings. Finding the Writer Within is a program for those who want to clarify what they want to write and in what form. It includes writing exercises and other practices, such as silence and observation. By the end of this tutorial, each individual will have a clearer sense of the value, appropriate form and meaning of writing in his or her life as well as the knowledge of how to establish practices to meet writing goals.