Monday, March 6, 2017

March 2017 Letter from the Editor

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, it’s because you’re a writer and/or have an interest in becoming one. Chances are you believe you have some talent, or have always enjoyed storytelling in one form or another. If that’s the case, I’d like to welcome you to Writing from the Peak

Writing from the Peak is all about writing – at all levels. Some of our columnists are multi-published; some are just getting started. But mostly they’ve joined Pikes Peak Writers because they’re invested in learning. join  For the record, an established author will never say to you, “I’ve learned everything there is to know about writing.” If anyone says that to you, back away fast, then run. You've encountered a narcissist, not a writer.
With every story, with every project, writers start anew. Maybe their last book was a resounding success. Guess what?  On their next project, the proverbial slate is wiped clean and they are challenged to do it again. The beauty—and terror—of writing is it’s a constant series of firsts.

It’s March. We’re approaching spring, and with spring, we have a chance to rejuvenate. If you have a project that's stumping you, perhaps it's time to recommit yourself to finishing it, or to seek ways to find out why you've been derailed. Maybe it's time to check out Pikes Peak Writers Writer's Night, Write Brain or Open Critique. here

In the header of this blog, you'll see sections About PPW, The Conference, Zebulon and Events. Look them over, and be sure to congratulate our 2017 Zebulon contest winners. It's an exciting time for them because they took a risk and put their work out there. What do they get for their trouble? A chance to meet editors and agents. In the future months, you'll read articles by some of our members who applied for scholarships and were amply rewarded for taking a step toward their dreams.  

Finally, if you haven’t checked out the 2017 Pikes Peak Writers Conference, please do so here.  Talk about the ultimate in rejuvenation and an investment in learning. Pikes Peak Writers has much to offer. Welcome aboard. 

Have a fabulous March.

About the Author: Donnell Ann Bell is the managing editor for Writing from the Peak, the coordinator for the monthly Open Critique held on the first Wednesday of every month, and one of Pikes Peak Writer's board members at largeShe is a best selling romantic suspense and mystery author. To learn more about her books, find her at



  1. "The beauty—and terror—of writing is it’s a constant series of firsts." This. Yes. Always. Great post, Donnell.

  2. Thanks, Darby :) Writing can be a terrifying business....


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