Today begins the WordCount Blogathon, Michelle Rafter’s annual challenge to get bloggers blogging every day in the month of May. I participated for the first time last year and found it challenging and gratifying.
For those of you who don’t know my blog, The Writing Well, it’s where I celebrate excellence in writing and storytelling. The blog fits me as I am a home-based professional copywriter (or as I like to call myself, a strategic storyteller). I’m also working on two books: a family memoir about my two kids and their love of bedtime stories, and an historical novel centered on my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, on the eve of the Great Flood of 1913.
I will post entries every day in May following this editorial focus:
- Mondays – Blogathon Theme Mondays – I will write on the same topics as fellow bloggers
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – My Writing Journey
- Thursdays – Insights from the Experts – publishers, authors, editors and others who help people tell compelling stories
- Fridays – Guest Blogs from members of my writers group
- Sundays – Relaxing Reads
Please visit me often and tell me what you think! If you have a suggestion for an expert interview or a book review for my Sunday “Relaxing Reads” post, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment or follow me on Twitter (@annewainscott).
Greetings, Anne. The historical novel sounds intriguing. I’ve often wondered about writing such a thing from threads of narrative handed down in my family. My paternal grandfather led a particularly interesting early life, losing both his parents in his teens, and wrote down many of his stories in later life. I’m daunted at the thought of the research required to authentically describe daily life 90 years ago. Good luck with your work.
Thanks, Van! I spent part of my spring break in Dayton doing research at the NCR Archives, the Miami Conservancy and even meeting with a columnist at the Dayton Daily News who has been writing about the flood for decades. The plus side is I have a lot of resources to draw on since the flood was so well documented. I appreciate the note of encouragement. Good luck to you on the blogathon!
Hi, Anne! I love your self-description as “a strategic storyteller.” Those words have so much resonance for me. I look forward to reading more of your posts as we continue on this journey with the blogathon.