I played in the writing sandbox over the weekend, on Whidbey Island. I didn’t write very much, as in getting the story on paper. I did work on the conflict box, why would the reader care, why should I care, the story in one sentence, and the world of publishing at the Warrior Writers Weekend with Bob Mayer. My friend, Pam, from north eastern California came too. We did have fun!
We met Bob last year at the Surrey International Writers Conference. Bob was one of many presenters, as well as Susan Wiggs, who is a very generous and lovely woman. I had the pleasure of meeting Susan a few years ago. We discussed great book covers and why it is so important, among other things. If you get a chance to meet her, go.
Now, back to Bob’s workshops; practical wisdom on writing and publishing and the added pleasure of meeting Elizabeth George, of the Inspector Lynley series. Elizabeth brought her basket of files on character, plot, dialogue and setting research for a book. Bob showed us how he writes, tracks the plot, characters, scenes, setting, and the research. Did I say research? Yes, research. A lot of research. A lot of back story. A lot about the process, including the books he wrote with one of my favourite authors, Jennifer Crusie. Read all three books: DON’T LOOK DOWN, AGNES & THE HITMAN, WILD RIDE. WILD RIDE is hilarious.
I like all genres, well, paranormal is not my favourite, nor are subjects which are mean-spirited or gratuitous in nature, I would have to throw it against the wall. I like Ludlum and Forsyth novels. The Bourne series, the books, not the movies, are great. I’m back to thrillers, who-dun-its, mysteries, and conspiracies. Absolutely no chillers. I’m starting Bob’s first novel, EYES OF THE HAMMER. A good first line. I can see the convoy in my mind’s eye. I think it will be a fun ride.
And, back to… it is work. If you are an author of many books, one book, or emerging as a new writer, it is work. Elizabeth and Bob say it can be taught. This is good. Last summer, I was told writing is 10% inspiration and 90% hard work. Well, that is what we do, work hard. We play hard too when on vacation. Mostly, we work, hard.
So, yeah! This is what I want to do, now. I want to write. I have wanted to write since I was a child, but, you know life goes on and gets in the way of dreams, if you let it. I let it. Now, I am serious about the dreams I left on the shelf. I dusted two dreams off in 2008. The music dream ~ to own and play the piano, again. The writing dream ~ to write stories. I am determined to finish the book. I will finish the book, then onto Revision, then who knows…because there is another story knocking loudly, the characters are calling, and I think, it is a good story.
Another reason why I am doing Nanowrimo this month. I want to play in the writing sandbox, every day. Now, I just have to be very disciplined. And, if you ever get a chance to take Bob’s writing workshops, do.
I will try to update on Mama, all is well, the violent neighbour is a worry, but, all seems to be well at the moment.
Stay loved, warm, and safe.