About

Welcome, writers of the world! Blue Zoo is an online learning site for emerging writers, developed by Philip Martin of Great Lakes Literary and Crickhollow Books [more about me to come in a link here].

The goal: to  help you write better . . . without taking up a lot of your time.

Why Blue? Why not!

Why Zoo? Perhaps the Zoo is the metaphorical habitat of The Writer . . . a literary beast confined to a small physical area, wild at heart, roaming the savannahs of the imagination while peering out through a glass window.

Or perhaps I just thought Blue Zoo sounded like a place I’d want to visit.

Why Blue Zoo?

As W. Somerset Maugham said: “There are three rules for writing [a novel]. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

This is not a place for rules. On the other hand, it’s not a place for endless advice. Blue Zoo is focused on two simple premises:

1. Most good writing is based on stories.

2. Writers learn in small chunks, not all in one fell swoop.

Let’s face it, you don’t have unlimited time to study how to be a writer. To paraphrase another famous writer (Robert Frost), at a talk for writers he was about to give: “What are you doing here? Go away and write.” My promise here: no fluff. Just help. To be useful, the material here has to be efficient, clear, and practical.

In particular, I’ll take a strong storytelling-centric approach to writing. If you don’t agree with that, you’ll want to look elsewhere for writing advice.

Let me know if Blue Zoo Writers – Online Learning Center is indeed helpful. And if it is, share the link with other writers you know.

And please, let me know if there’s something not here that would be useful to you that I could add.

With ideas and questions, just leave a comment on a relevant post, or feel free to contact me directly, Philip Martin, at info [@] GreatLakesLit.com.

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