I’m always overwhelmed by the response whenever I run a survey to help improve Live Write Breathe. Your kind remarks have me blushing. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts and find them helpful. You may remember that I plan my year every autumn, and establishing goals for Live Write Breathe are part of that. Your responses to my recent survey helped me sort out the direction of the website, and I thank you.
- A fun fact is that many of you discovered Live Write Breathe after reading my novel, DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven 1). I had no idea!
- I was honored to learn that a teacher passes on my advice to her students.
- Many of you tell your friends about Live Write Breathe. Thank you.
- Things you like about Live Write Breathe are the advice and encouragement, my conversational writing style, that the posts are a reasonable length, that I teach as an experienced writer, and the user-friendly site layout. And some of you made me smile by saying you like everything about Live Write Breathe. (No, this wasn’t my Mom.)
- Read on to see the three topics you most want me to cover.
Plot Structure was the most-requested topic, so I’ll be going more in-depth in this area. Ideas are already sparking!
Creating characters came in second, so we’ll spend more time on this, as well.
Managing the writing life won the third-place trophy. I’m personally delighted about that, since this is a subject near and dear to my heart.
If your favorites didn’t make the top three, don’t worry. I’ll offer articles on all the topics mentioned in the survey.
Changes at Live Write Breathe
Here’s how I’ve applied your guidance to improve Live Write Breathe to offer you even more value.
Announcing the Live Write Breathe Podcast
Drumroll, please! I’ll launch the weekly Live Write Breathe podcast in September. This will be a teaching podcast, where we’ll cover heavy-hitting topics on writing craft, including plot development and character creation. Each episode will also have a short segment on managing the writing life.
Books for Writers
I’m long overdue on offering my own books for writers, so watch for an announcement soon.
I have resisted allowing guest posts because I think most people follow Live Write Breathe because they want to hear from me, and not necessarily from someone I invite to post. However, a format occurred to me for guest posting that should be a welcome addition to Live Write Breathe. Once in a while, I’ll offer inspiring writing journey stories or perspectives on managing the writing life. I’m not ready for submissions yet, but watch for the announcement.
I started including personal updates in my weekly email from Live Write Breathe as a way of connecting with you. However, writing my posts in batches makes it harder to keep track of this. Mistakes have been made (and by me). In May, I sent out the same email twice. Oops! Being a literary artist, much like yourself, I can’t guarantee I won’t mix this up again, so I’ve decided to provide an update post each month instead. Many of you enjoy learning from my experience, so that’s the way I’ll approach these articles.
Writing Questions Answered
I’ll continue offering posts to answer your writing questions, so keep them coming. You can email me securely through the contact form at the site. Please let me know your question and whether you want to be named or anonymous (either is fine by me).
New Posting Schedule
I’m going back to publishing articles on Thursdays.
Starting in September, the Live Write Breathe podcast and show notes will publish on Sundays.
Every once in a great while, I may also publish an announcement on another day of the week.
On Learning from You
This site would be nothing without its subscribers, so any plans I make always have you in mind.