Writers gained insight on writing columns from Wayne Anderson, “Venture Bound” Columbia Daily Tribune; Cathy Salter, “Notes from Boomerang Creek” Columbia Daily Tribune; and Elizabeth Davis, “Historically Yours” Boonville Daily News. The area columnists formed a panel at the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild meeting July 1.
Moderator Carolyn Mulford asked questions like “Where do you get your material?” and “How do you go about writing your column?”
Ms. Davis said she checks her files to see what she has made notes on from other sessions, before she goes online to do research. She added area people are quick to make suggestions for columns.
Dr. Anderson said he writes detailed journals of all his trips, so his travel columns are almost written when he starts. A retired professor, he added when he started writing columns, he had to unlearn academic writing.
Ms. Salter, who also journals, said she confronts a blank computer screen or writing tablet on Monday morning and starts her "notes." She adds somewhere during the course of the day magic happens and pulls it all together. Seasoned writers know what she means.
Three different approaches, three different methods, three appealing columns result.