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Monday, August 12, 2013

Write On Con is back

The crit. forums are live and the 2-day conference starts tomorrow.
Every time I attend a conference two things happen.
1. I realize I have a ton to learn.
2. I'm on fire to write better: to know more, to deepen my characters, to cut out unnecessary plot points, and to write the best story ever.

Here's the perfect conference for me. I don't have to stress about my hair or clothes or my lack of a cool bag. I don't have to find babysitters, book a hotel, or spend a single dime. This is one time where the saying "You get what you pay for," does not apply. Last year on the forums I perfected my query and first 250 of LOVESENSE. So many new eyes helped make my query that much stronger for when I queried last fall.

 Have you seen the list of presenters? I'm putting stars by the ones I've met.

29 Authors: (including Natalie Whipple*, Caroline Star Rose, Liesl Shurtliff*, Peggy Eddleman*, Dan Krokos, Dianne Salerni*, Kimberley Griffiths Little* Mindy McGinnis, Ellen Oh)
20 awesome literary agents (including Peter Knapp-love his eyes, Victoria Marini, Sarah LaPolla, Suzie Townsend, and Kathleen Ortiz)
9 Editors: (including Sarah Dotts Barley and Patricia Riley)

hope you'll take some time this week to pop in. Even the live events can be viewed after the fact.
If you have material up in the forums, let me know in the comments and I'll check it out-in my pjs:)
What's your favorite reason for attending writing conferences?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

IWSG-Better Late than Never

The first Wednesday of every month is IWSG, a bloghop hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavenaugh. IWSG in a safe place to encourage, inspire, and admit our writing doubts to each other.

I do really well at setting goals ... and then failing to reach them in my chosen timeframe. Life keeps coming-like this move that threw my writing and blogging for a serious loop.

Even so, I am determined to finish my current project NO MATTER WHAT. So I keep sludging forward.

What I thought was a puny hill
turns into a mountain
  and then a mountain range. I'm climbing the freaking Alps, but I keep going.

Even though it's hard, and the going is steep, I keep moving forward. My goal this past month: open my word document every day. That's it. It's not much progress forward, but it's one more step in the right direction. Hopefully one day I'll stand at the top and be able to say, "I made it."

If you have a chance, a little encouragement for my slow climbing would be appreciated. The Alps are looking rather tall this morning.

Thank you, IWSG!