Friday was Bob Mayer's Warrior Writer Workshop - he's actually changed the name, but I like Warrior Writer Workshop better anyway :)
FEAR - was talked about a lot in the first half of this workshop and this really resonated with me. He quoted Stephen King - ''Fear is the root of most bad writing.'' And spoke about ''you'' being the only person holding ''you'' back.
Some gold nuggets I got from Bob's workshop:
- Rejection is high - TRY anyway!
- Conquer your fear and change.
- Networking is critical.
- Titles - use words that don't belong together. Bad example but like ''Hot Snow''.
- Go from craftsman to artist.
- Be ruthless with yourself.
- Success is a struggle.
- Don't wait for the muse or you'll be unemployed!
- You need rules as a writer - for yourself on parts of writing, marketing, etc. Like how often you'll blog and how much time to spend on Twitter.
- Blog AT LEAST once a week but every three days is better.
- Set goals! If you don't, you won't achieve them.
- Write what you WANT TO KNOW!!!
- Please yourself first but be aware of the consumer.
- THREE is the magic number.
- Keep your goals positive.
- Reverse your thinking - think like a publisher.
- Write in the POV you like reading.
- Define yourself in ONE sentence.
- 99% of what we do each day is habit.
- Readers want to be entertained and informed.
- Sometimes you have to write about a character you don't like and make them do things you don't agree with.
- Emotion is more important than logic.
- Action is the truest indicator of character.
- If you really want to get to know a character, put them in crisis.
- Have a growth mindset not a set mindset.
I left Bob's workshop early to go brainstorm with the very talented Fiona Lowe (who incidentally found out her book Boomerang Bride got a Romantic Times Top Pick this weekend). We chatted about the conflicts in my new mss - now titled ''Hollywood Heartbreak.'' I finally think I'm making some progress with these two characters :)
The evening of course was the fabulous Harlequin party - always a dress up, this year the theme was Roaring Twenties to tie in with RWAus's twenty birthday. As always it was a crazy night of drinking and talking and not having nearly enough time to catch up with everyone I wanted too. My highlight was meeting Carina Press Executive Editor, Angela James. Photos below :)
Me with the gorgeous Becca J Heath!
Becca J Heath and Jackie Ashenden at the bar! Aren't they stunning?
Cathryn Brunet/Hein (amazing writer), Angela James (editor extraordinaire) and me :)
This is me taking a photo of myself - as you do :) And the one above is the beautiful Leah Ashton and Joanne Dannon with moi on the right!