A very busy month for me so I have lot’s to share with you this week. 🙂
First, I completed my first ever Nano (National Novel Writing Month)! *high kicks*. Somehow in my crazy life I managed to eke out 51K and the experience has taught me some valuable newbie lessons;
- You have more time than you think.
- Planning and organization is the key.
- You WILL realize the true meaning of ‘write, write and then write some more’. So many of us only get small blocks of time in a day, so to make it really count when you get them, just write. Don’t go back (that’s for a different time and purpose). Just bang out as much as you can as fast as you can. Time and purpose people.
Second, I attended my first ever writer’s workshop, courtesy of Brian Henry from Quick Brown Fox fame. And yes, his blog is infamous. Check it out.
‘How to get Published’ was an EXCELLENT workshop and I cannot recommend something like this enough. To have someone’s many years of experience there to answer all of your questions is worth every penny. Bonus; Since our group was small we each managed to get one on one time to review either a query letter or novel opening, and in some cases both. PRICELESS. Best $48 I’ve ever spent. I mean how often do you get someone like Brian to sit across a table from you and tell you where it’s at? Nearly never. There are many benefits to attending something like this, one of which is networking. Not only did I get to talk with the amazing, talented, prophetic Brian (how am I doing on the ass kissing front so far?), BUT I also got to meet and chat with other local writers in the area. I even met two who live in my home town, and I can’t wait to start up a regular meeting with them. One of the best resources a writer can have – – – > People.
Readers, teachers, other writers, all this networking will be the key to any success we might wish to accomplish in our career. So go on already, make some friends!
Tammy’s Tip of The Week
A funny thing happened at the workshop while we were discussing query letters. A lovely and brave woman volunteered to read hers aloud. Well all listened to it and thought it was okay, but as we began to question her we quickly realized it actually hadn’t even hinted on what her book REALLY had going for it. While we were all laughing together over this, a tip occurred that I think/hope will be helpful to those out there like myself;
Step 1 – Read your current query letter aloud
Step 2 – Record yourself describing your book to someone who has no idea what’s it’s about
Step 3 – Play it back a few times then go back and re-read your query again
Does it match up? Honestly, from what I’ve witnessed so far, I’d be very surprised if it did. It’s quite funny actually how our query letter often fails to say what we ‘really meant’ it to.
Step 4 – Rewrite
Step 5 – Repeat as necessary (I’m on my fourth balled up piece of paper and counting)
Well, that’s it for this week my luvies. I wish you all happy muses, scary plot-mares, and epic dreams!
GO, WRITE, WIN. 🙂