A couple of months ago I received an email from a gentleman inviting me to write an article for his magazine, Stick and String Traditional Archery Magazine. Since the magazine’s focus is traditional and primitive archery and I have been involved in traditional archery for many years, it seemed like a good fit. Any opportunity to get material published should be considered. You never know when you will get another one.
After several emails to narrow down possible topics, I sat down, wiped the sweat from my palms, and began to put the bones in the old computer. The content of the Bridge Method article (which starts on page 16) is pretty straight forward. The article discusses how to transition from practicing your archery shooting form, to shooting at targets while maintaining the form you have developed. Archery like many sporting activities is 80% mental and 20% physical. The article discusses how the conscious and sub-conscious mind can work together to perform the perfect (repeatable) archery shot. I learned this training method from an archery coach who was a former world champion. This was a lot of fun to do and with luck, I will be asked to write more articles in the future.
With writing, like most things I enjoy doing, I can only get better if I practice. I have been making a conscious effort to expand my writing opportunities whenever and wherever I can. I participate in a number of writer’s groups, am preparing two articles for publication in the Master Gardener columns of several local newspapers, and the article for Stick and String. The more ways I can find to write and practice the craft, the better I will be as a writer. I’m hoping that this practice will translate at some level to my fiction writing.
So, What are you doing to expand your writing opportunities?