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What "Mentor" Means to Me

When I first started learning the ropes to become a freelance writer several places suggested finding a mentor. This would be someone who has been where you are and done what you do. They could give you an idea of what happens next, what works, and what doesn't.

It was a brilliant piece of advice and one I took to heart. I forged relationships with several people in this arena. Some were peers, some were professionals, and some were just individuals I admired. It really helped get me started and has kept me on track.

But there was something that no one told me about the "mentor" process. What happens when the tables are turned?

I didn't do it on purpose. I didn't set out to find other writers just starting out. It happened with a simple Facebook message. A friend was looking to get started in freelance writing and asked how I did it. I shared my methods, my ideas, how to write letters, what to send to whom, and anything else that came to mind. 

I am proud of w…

On Fiction...

My primary writing style is non-fiction. At least that is what I get paid to write so I tend to focus on it. However, like many writers, I read a lot and most of that tends to be fiction.

I recently started reading the popular Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Many other readers have compared it to the Hunger Games most likely because of the post-apocalyptic landscape and teenage female lead. These sorts of books are very popular and seem to transcend their young adult category. There are many other similar books on the market. My favorites are actually Rampant and Ascendent by Diana Peterfreund. These buck the system by being a series of only two books and they feature some awesome Unicorns, for which I am a sucker.

As I said, though, I write mostly non-fiction but occasionally I find myself playing around with fiction. Recently I wrote a short story called The Bell Curve. It too takes place in a future where things aren't precisely ideal and there is the spark of a strong, youn…