On Saturday, I marked out my schedule before breakfast, so I knew pretty much where I was going to be/go for most of the day.
I started with a lecture on writing emotion by Linda Style. She had lots of good information in her workshop, including handouts with examples. I love examples. Sometimes, I swear writers speak a different language and that I’ve lost my translator. Still, she also gave lists of knee-jerk buzz words for each of the major emotions. Very cool.
After her talk, I walked through the conference center to Tawny Weber’s workshop called Courting the Muse. Tawny is a super fun, energetic lady who writes really hot romances. For the most part, her lecture set the tone for the rest of the conference. I wasn’t there so much for the craft of writing, but the need to find ways to survive writing as a second career. In an off-beat, up tempo way, she talked about embracing more unconventional methods to stay sane and making writing a positive habit not a chore.
During lunch, Allison Brennan gave the keynote speech. I’m an RWA member and follower of many of the loops and Allison is always on to offer advice for newbies and experienced writers alike. I’ve also read quite a few of her books–if you’re looking for a dark, gritty and realistic romance, she’s your woman. I would have loved to be at the dinner table when she talked about attending her first autopsy. And I admit to a bit of jealousy too, NASA wouldn’t let me hitch a ride on the space shuttle (even if it was still active) just to make my SciFi more realistic.
After lunch, I attended the staying sane and optimizing creativity with agent Jennifer Schober. We actually did a few exercises to relax (that almost put me to sleep). The lady knows her stuff. And after being reminded that we are in many ways our own worst enemy, I was able to put into practice a few things right away. She was the only one to say meet the fear then change that energy into something positive. Ha, anytime someone can sneak a little science into a lecture, I love it:-) I’m easy that way.
Next up, was The Successful Blog Tour by Tara Taylor Quinn. See it wasn’t all about me. Since I plan to go on a tour from my latest SciFi novel, I wanted information on how to do it. She had tons of great advice to offer and my hand got so tired from writing notes that I hope she posts the tips on her blog. I hope I’m half as successful as she is.
The last lecture of the day was Unlock, Unblock by Jess Macallan and Amber Scott. In keeping with my theme, this too was about author survival and keeping the energy going in your book. The two presenters were just as funny as could be and completely opposite. Best yet, there was science and common sense in the mayhem and quirkiness which equated to FUN!. I don’t know about you, but if something is fun, I’m definitely going to try it and will probably stick to it. And, I bought the book.
As you can see, the majority of my lectures had a common theme, but everyone approached it so differently, I know I will find a way to make it all work together.
On Friday, I will post my conference wrap up and beginning this Monday and everyone there after I will post the revised final 4/5 chapters of Redaction then slip into the new book.