Admittedly I have a long way to go, but my first blog post for all of the world to see is now up on the Thresholds Short Story Forum. Many thanks to all of the wonderful writers and readers I've met on the Forum and elsewhere (you know who you are) for their great encouragement. And let's not forget the magic ingredient that will make every writer a better writer if only they'd do it more often: WRITING AND MORE WRITING. That's it - this is the magic formula - one I wished I had understood a long time ago. I can already see a great improvement in my writing. I was so self-conscious when I first started, wanting to impress, wanting to sound intelligent. Now I can simply be.
Here's the link: http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/?p=7989