Writers Conference

We head out today to another writing conference. The last one was what prompted the beginning of this blog. The variety of presentations boggle the mind and choosing for each time slot is overwhelming. I look forward to this with anticipation since last year’s gave me edifying information. When you await all of the last day’s sessions with a 2 hour drive ahead, you know the conference was great.

Figuring out what I want to take away from it this year is the issue. My learning curve was a straight line last August. One agent asked me what my platform was and I had no idea what that meant. Duh! What was frustrating is that the agents I saw, including disagreeing adamantly what genre my work would be labeled, asked for pages but never acknowledged them. I asked a program administrator if agents were encouraged to ask for more. He claimed not, but the requests would up the satisfaction factor for the participants.

So, off Jessica and I go! Wish us luck!

Sandi

Flawed Characters vs. Too Dumb to Live—What’s the Difference?

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Just a quick reminder that I am running my log-line class again. Often synopses are a nightmare for writers simply because they cannot state simply what their story is about. If we don’t know what our story is about, then revisions are hell because it is virtually impossible to discern what should stay and what should be CUT. Everyone who signs up gets their plot shaved down to ONE sentence, so hope to see you guys there! Sign up HERE.  The recording is included and if you can’t make the day of class, I will still repair your log-line 😉 .

Moving on…

Which is more important? Plot or character? Though an interesting discussion—sort of like, Could Ronda Rousey take a Klingon with only her bare hands?—it isn’t really a useful discussion for anything other than fun. To write great fiction, we need both. Plot and characters work…

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