From high school and college English teachers, to the novels I love to read, to the books on writing that I can’t stop myself from buying, writing teachers from my past and present surround me.

My high school English teacher convinced me that a first draft is just the beginning.

My critique partners taught me that it’s my choice whether I make a change or not, but that usually, it’s wiser to make a change.

Presenters at writers conferences have taught me that there are innumerable ways to write.

Lately, I’ve taken most of my writing classes through San Diego Writers, Ink where I’ve learned so much from fabulous writers.

Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English, is an expert editor.  She teaches how to be ruthless when cutting and suggests revising structurally before tackling sentences.  There’s no point wasting time editing passages that will be cut. She also inspires with regular prompts on her blog and with her book, Everyday Writing.

 Judy Reeves teaches how to use free writing to go deep into a story.  I love her book, A Writer’s Book of Days, an essential part of my writing routine.

The best teacher of all is writing.  The more I write and read, the more I understand where I’m trying to go.  With practice, I hope I’ll be able to get there.