This week we’re celebrating going back to school by looking at how we can get a fresh start too.

Monday, we looked at old and new friends. Today, let’s focus on those new classes.

My kids are taking the following classes: reading, spelling, writing, math, history, science, music, art, computers, library, physical education, and study hall. Now, whether they’ll actually learn something during the class is another matter.

Here’s my list of things I’d like to learn about this year. (Notice the word “like” to learn about. The key here is finding subjects that interest me.)

How to write a breakout (or break-in novel)

Plotting strategies to set up a satisfying ending

How to add those sensory details I tend to overlook

How to write a solid book proposal

How to become a woman of prayer

Strategies to handle my daughter’s autistic-like behaviors

Strategies to manage and explain puberty to a child with developmental disabilities

Ballroom dancing or a theatre class (Um, I’ve got this character and I need to research)

So, where and when am I going to enroll? After all, if I’m going to learn anything this school year, I need to move past the “want to” into actual doing. Sign up for the class. Get the textbook. Open it and read. Do the homework exercises.

ACFW Conference workshops, publisher and agent chats, speakers, etc.

ACFW Conference – Early Bird session called “Writing the Breakout Novel” with Donald Maass

 Blogs by other writers, editors and agents

 Writer’s Digest magazine

 Monthly online writing courses through ACFW

 CdLS Online Support Group

 CdLS Foundation resources including “Ask a Doctor”

 Bible studies at my church

 Google “autism” and sift through the hundreds, if not thousands, of websites and forums

 What classes are you planning to take this school year?

Back to School – Part 2
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  • August 19, 2009 at 4:39 am

    >I love learning! But once again it's the time factor. I usually check out writing craft books from the library as I hear of them, and then if I like them enough, I purchase them. So I'm continually doing that. And like you, I'm attending ACFW. I hope I can learn more about the business side of writing there this year. And of course, I continue to read writing-related blogs and keep myself up on what's happening!

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