She has served on the Boards of various writing organizations, coordinated writing conferences for the Bay Area Writers League, taught creative writing classes, and tutored and mentored many an aspiring author, including myself. She also happens to be my mother.
I'm thrilled to announce BK has agreed to guest blog on a regular basis at Just Write! She'll be sharing her wisdom and thoughts through articles, essays and anecdotes.
Without further ado, here's BK Reeves' first blog ever!!!
A WRITER’S JOURNEY
by BK Reeves
Writing is an old game for me. I was seventy-eight in August of 2009, and I’ve been writing and publishing fiction and nonfiction since I was eight years old. That’s seventy years.
I have taught the craft of writing to many different people. By 1988, I was teaching fiction writing at Gilruth at the Johnson Space Center. I taught a series of weekly classes there and my students included one astronaut and many aerospace engineers, plus others who worked at NASA.
One would think I’d be intimidated, teaching such people. I wasn’t. I was a published writer; they wanted to learn to write fiction; I could teach them how. Plus, I was twenty years older than most of them.
Someone from San Jacinto Continuing Education called me. I taught for years at the Central Campus, then San Jacinto South called. I taught at both campuses for a long time, then resigned to devote more time to my own writing.
Confession: I have a demon behind my brow. It’s my WB, my writer’s brain. WB compels, impels and drives me to write. If I can’t write, I develop a bad case of DWB, or Deadly Word Backup.
I am motivated to create stories with characters in conflict. A word of advice: Learn what GMC means (Goal, Motivation and Conflict.) You don’t have a story unless you have accreting or accumulating conflicts.
There is a symbiotic relationship between writer and reader. As I peruse my completed manuscript, I believe my reader will suspend his/her disbelief and become lost in the story.
As for me, I’m addicted to seeing my name in print. A story with my byline on it is magical. Getting money for what I’ve written is icing on the cake.
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