Each time I tackle Sarah Blue, I do it from a different angle. I use an iPad to type and take notes but I still prefer to print my story and hand-edit it. For me, it’s the only way to do in-depth reviews of my work. I like feeling the paper in my hand, I like tabbing pages, and color-coding my notes. The first wave usually just hits me. I hand wrote the first draft of Sarah Blue in a journal, over the course of a few days. I remember the flood gates opening and the words rolling out. As I refine and grow the story, I focus on individual parts of it (strengthening my characters or adding in more details about the city), and then re-read the entire thing to make sure it flows. Reading out loud to yourself is important to assure your sentences read the way you want them to. That’s a little piece of helpful advice that I picked up at my Manuscript Critique (October, 2014).
I attended the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop which was held in Myrtle Beach. I met several aspiring writers and enjoyed listening to the speakers at each of my sessions. There’s a great energy in the air when you are surrounded by those who share a passion with you. People did not hurry; they were animated, and positive. It reminded me of SIGGRAPH, an animation festival I attended in a past life, because of all the excitement around me. I attended two sessions at the SCWW and wish I had signed up for a few more. It’s one of the reasons this blog exists.
In truth, the only thing I retained from SIGGRAPH was an angry liver. SCWW was a vastly different experience, mostly I believe, due to my true desire to learn and the thrill of being around professionals. The amount of information I received and the knowledge I gained from that conference makes me itchy to attend another one. As I was researching writing conferences I came across: The Writers’ Police Academy. It’s a site dedicated to helping writers get it right, when it comes to crime. I haven’t been to one of their events but after reviewing the itinerary, I’m anxious for the 2015 dates to be released. A sample of the event information from 2014:
– Ride a-longs with police officers and deputy sheriffs.
– Jail Tours.
– Interview and Interrogation.
-Bloodstain pattern investigations.
The plans for 2015 can be found here: WPA 2015 and include such things as a Boeing 727 and a water rescue pond. That’s right. A water rescue pond. Even if you don’t write, you want to go, don’t you?
There are conferences galore (for writing, dedicated to specific authors, or genres); something, I didn’t realize. If you aren’t surrounded by people who share your passion, or you’re stumped about how to write a query letter, go to a conference! It’s an excellent way to meet people, network, and just learn aspects of your work you never considered. Here are a few other conferences I stumbled upon that are worth mentioning:
I also want to take a moment to make mention of: The Five Two. I’ve been following this blog for a few weeks. With a variety of contributors, and weekly prompts, it’s a site well worth bookmarking.
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