I've been reading a ton this summer. I've read some great stuff. And I've read some not so great stuff. Adult. YA. MG. Like I said, tons.
And I've realized lately, as I've been reading, how much I've learned about writing over the last few years. From my crit group. From professional critiques at conferences. From books on craft. From online classes I've taken. From editors at Capstone Press. From my own agent (the fabulous Vickie Motter). Every one of them has helped me improve my writing. I know I still have a long way to go.
Here are some links to some of the online courses I've taken.
Rose's Colored Glasses
Six years ago, I was a reasonably good writer. I'd always been a reasonably good writer. But I had no idea what I didn't know back then. And I'm sure I have no idea what I don't know still. But every rejection, every beta reader, every critique--has taught me something about my own writing.
As I bang out this WIP, I'm trying to put all my knowledge into practice. Use what I've learned. Maybe.
If you're a writer, you have to be open to what you don't know. Be confident in your ability, but not so cocky that you can't learn to be better. No matter who you are, you can always learn to be better.
And you can quote me on that!