Today was a chock-full day of information, advice, and networking.
In one session I learned several tricks and tips for being a faster, more effective writer in a limited time span. This was a great class for me because I am not afforded the pleasure of being able to write full time yet. I still work away from the laptop at another job and my sitting at the desk writing time is limited. This class gave me some techniques for getting more words on the page at a faster rate and during unusual time frames that I wouldn’t have thought of, such as on lunch hours from work.
At another session with a behavioral psychologist, I was introduced to a concept called dialogue cues. These are useful, powerful words and phrasing that gives your writing emotional punch and gets it to the next level necessary for publication.
I attended a character class with writer Susan Elizabeth Phillips, in which we were taught how to describe our plots by using our characters and showing how their personalities relate to the plot and story line. This was a very good class for getting me to think about the show don’t tell aspect of writing that is relentlessly drilled into writers.
But the best part of the day? A chat with Nora Roberts. For an hour she fielded questions from the audience, and she actually called on me twice!! I was in heaven. Literally. Literary heaven.
I go to sleep tonight full of new techniques to employ for my writing, and ideas just swimming around in my head.
Tomorrow is another full day.