How I Rebooted My Love of Writing

How I Rebooted My Love of Writing

Way back in January of 2013, I made a promise to myself to pick up my quill and start writing creatively again.

In high school and university, I took to crafting stories, poems and plays with gusto, but had no intention of pursuit past leisurely escape. Life happened, and like so many early ambitions, I stopped listening to my muse.

Beginning with responding to writing prompts at Writer’s Digest, I quickly got my feet wet and discovered to my delight that I truly loved and missed writing.

But I wanted more. Sure, I could write. It’s part of what I do professionally. The learner in me needed to connect with other people, to learn, share and grow as a fledgling wordsmith.

After a hunt around the interwebs, I found Writer’s Carnival and joined in late-April 2013. The site was barely a month old and had only 150 members. It now boasts over 2000 members, 5000 posts and 60000 comments.

What attracted me was the abundance of thoughtful feedback authors were getting on their posted works. It wasn’t just a bunch of backslaps and attaboys. Writers just like me were getting honest-to-goodness quality feedback on how to improve their craft.

So, I dived right in and haven’t looked back.

I’ve written more than a 100 pieces of fiction, prose and verse, over the last 15 months and have received quality feedback on each and every one. I pay it forward by reviewing as many others as I can.

By reading and reviewing others with a critical eye, I become better at my own writing and editing skills.

I’ve learned so much and made many friends.

Currently, I help as part of the admin team with Writer’s Carnival, contribute to the site’s Writing Tips blog and will be teaching a class on their Writer’s Carnival Classes site this coming June. I partnered with the site’s zombie-loving founder, Anisa, on a sister project called Reader’s Carnival that showcases the very best of the indie authors at WC.

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Doug Langille
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Husband, father, writer and shameless technophile.

7 Comments
  • Matthew Gomez
    Posted at 06:35h, 20 April Reply

    Great post Doug! Thanks for the shout out!

  • Tim Hillebrant
    Posted at 06:47h, 20 April Reply

    Nice write up Doug!I like everything you had to say here, and it was neat to learn that you joined WC not that long before I did. The feedback we get on there is second to none too. Truly a great job with this, Mr. Doug Sir!

    • Doug Langille
      Posted at 04:07h, 21 April Reply

      Thanks, Tim. I enjoyed your post too. Nice blog.

  • TJBar
    Posted at 07:45h, 20 April Reply

    Very well put, Doug. Writers Carnival is definitely a great place to refine your craft and join a really great community of like minded people 🙂

    • Doug Langille
      Posted at 04:08h, 21 April Reply

      Thanks, Travis. WC FTW!

  • Robert Nielsen
    Posted at 14:18h, 28 April Reply

    Doug,Love that comment ‘zombie-loving founder, Anisa!’ That’s great!And I loved reading how you rebooted your love of writing! I think of how I rebooted my own love for writing when I started writing Airwolf fanfiction three or four years ago–I forgot how much fun that was, which then (thanks to encouragement from people like you at WC, and others at FanFiction.net) led me to write “Armageddon’s Clock.” 🙂

    • Doug Langille
      Posted at 12:34h, 30 April Reply

      Thanks, Robert. I’m glad you liked this post and am certainly glad about Armagrddon’s Clock. Cant wait to see it in print.

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