Saturday, February 14, 2015

Are You Exercising Your Voice?

It has been an interesting week in journalism. From the suspension of Brian Williams of NBC News, the death of 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon in an auto accident, and David Carr, columnist for The New York Times who collapsed and died in the paper’s newsroom.

When we lose a writer, whether we agree or disagree with their views, we lose a voice who gave us thoughts to consider. When things like this occur I reevaluate what my priorities are and ask myself, “Am I doing all I can to use my voice and the opportunities I have been given, to influence and encourage others?”

This is also the time of year I am thinking about improving my craft though attending a writers conference. In the next few months I will be interviewing editors and agents who will be on the faculty of the Write-to-Publish Conference held June 3-6 in Wheaton, Illinois.

Even if you are unable to attend this conference, some of this same faculty may attend other conferences, possibly in your area. Or you may want to look into the companies and agencies they represent.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

How about you?
What are you doing to improve the gifts
 you have been given?