The more I think about it, the more my heart aches at the thought of skipping out on certain conferences next year. Others, not so much. Anyway, I blame Moonlight & Magnolias for that. I had a BLAST! Talk about a learning experience.
First off, I HIGHLY recommend taking Margie Lawson’s classes from Empowering Characters’ Emotions to her Deep EDITS System. Something I had written a few months back and submitted it to a small press. It was rejected because it lacked characterization. I bet by the time I’m done applying Margie’s method, it won’t. While we only had three hours with her, it was the most valuable three hours of the entire conference. I kid you not. I had no idea there were so many ways to bring out a character’s emotions. I had hit on some of them, but there were at least two more for every one I had touched in my own manuscript.
Also, you’re in luck. If you want a slice of her amazing genious, check this out:
Margie Lawson is guest blogging on Jeri Smith-Ready’s blog today: http://www.jerismithready.com/blog/
Drop by and post a comment. You could win a Lecture Packet!
FROM JERI SMITH-READY’S BLOG INTRO:
Today’s guest is the amazing Margie Lawson, whose classes have helped me immeasurably with my craft. I’ve used her Deep Edits systems and Empowering Character Emotions lessons at the final stage of my last three books, and I can’t begin to express how great they are . Today Margie helps us figure out whether we’re right-, left-, or whole-brained and how that affects our creative process.
Margie Lawson’s new on-line course — October 13th: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE EDITS SYSTEM
Visit Margie’s web site for course information: www.MargieLawson.com
Did I say I HIGHLY recommend her? 😉
Another class I thought was very cool was Write Well! Write Fast!by the lovely Stephanie Bond. This lady is a class act. She knows the tricks of the trade to get your butt writing. If you do a page a day, that’s 365 pages by the end of the year. Two pages per day means two books a year. When you think of it in those terms, yes, you can write at least a book a year, if not more. If she teaches this class anywhere else, run to it and get a seat up front. Again, you won’t be disappointed. By the way, I got to sit next to her at the book signing.
Hanging out with some fabulous authors were also a huge plus. I met my fellow Parkerette authors Seressia Glass, who is a fountain of wisdom, and the beautiful Abigail McKenleywho has a romantic suspense coming out in July 2009. Oh, how I wish more of the Parker family was there. It would’ve been awesome!!
New faces are always a fun plus, too. I’ll start with the lovely Kalayna Pricewho has a new urban fantasy coming out this month through Bell Bridge Books. Make sure you check it out. She’s a lot of fun to hang out with, and yes, I saw her get down on the dance floor, too. Another amazing lady who I finally ran into at the book signing was the lovely Petrina Aubol. She’s a sweetheart. She co-wrote a book about breast cancer survivors.
Of course, I can’t forget some of the other lovely authors like Chudney, Amy, that-inspirational-chick-with-the-bling-and-looked-inspirational-in-a-different-way-when-she-busted-a-move-on-the-dance-floor, the lovely Tami Brothers, Tracey (who finaled in the paranormal category of the Maggies), Heather (who also finaled in the paranormal category of the Maggies), Natalie (a fellow CRW member who I didn’t know existed–shame on me), Marcia my HCRWcounterpart, and many more who I’m probably forgetting. I’m kicking myself for not connecting with the lovely Cynthia Eden.
These are the reasons why I hate having to put conferences on back burner for 2009. M&M wasn’t just about romance writers. It was about writers. Period. I’m not saying romance is a bad thing, but for those of us who write stories where romance isn’t the main theme, we want something we can relate to, too. Cold Reads was a perfect example. It didn’t matter if the agents read romance manuscripts or not, I learned a lot about looking into their minds and seeing exactly what they’re looking for. What to know the interesting thing about that? If an excerpt was off the mark, EVERYONE picked up on it. Even better, they clued us in to what it takes to hook them in the first two pages.
I’ll be honest with you. Come the end of the year, I was thinking about chucking this writing thing. Seriously. After eight years of chugging away and still not making NY a reality, I wanted to call it quits because I was tired. I don’t care how long you or your friend has been at it. When I hear it took someone 20+ years to make their dream a reality, that’s NOT (no way in hell!) encouraging to me.
However, after this conference, I’m going to hold on to my towel a little longer and the ring with have to wait. My writing has been re-energized. 😀
Which classes (online or at a conference) have re-energized your writing? If none of them has, then what does? And will you compensate for it or suck it up like me? While I might be sucking some stuff up, I’m going to do my damnedest to make M&M happen against next year.