Saturday, February 22, 2014

Writing Conferences

If you haven't been to a writer's conference. I highly recommend it. I spent last week at LTUE and learned a ton (not just from the panels, but from watching the other authors...we'll talk more about that next week).

Here's some positives from going to a conference:

1. You learn the craft (do you remember when you were a kid and your mom wanted you to learn how to embroider or sew a button on a's nothing like that). The craft of writing includes: plot, voice, tension, world building; things that will make your book/story better.

2. You get to meet cool people. I have a group of writer friends that I get to see at most conferences, but sometimes you get to meet other writers who are considered the superstars of writing.  Like:
Orson Scott Card
Brandon Sanderson

(I am not confirming or denying any accusations that I am stalking any of these writers)

3. If you're lucky, you can meet and pitch to agents and editors. This year I will be meeting with an agent. It's nice to be able to meet face to face with an agent/editor to discuss your book. This means you can surpass the slush pile. But please do your homework. Doing a pitch can make or break your chance with that agent. 

4. Some conferences allowed one to work with professional writers in workshops. If you have the chance at a conference...DO IT! I've worked with a number of authors and have gleaned new information from each one. (They are so brilliant!)

Those are a few things that you can gain from going to a conference (not to mention eating out for every meal which cooking...yes!) 

If you have been to a conference, what have you learned? (Don't forget the online conferences...WriteOnCon is excellent.)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Get Back on That Horse!

I've been gone... for a long time. 

But here I am again, getting back to writing and yes...even blogging. 

Look at those dinosaur prints!
Where have I been? Well...
On the Beach
My fav writing buddies 

I've been going to see the world, spending my oldest son on an LDS mission (click the button on the right to find out more about the LDS church if you're curious), hanging out with my kiddos and even spending time with my favorite writing buddies. And you know what I've learned? 

I can't do everything (it's true, ask my kids about their dirty socks that need to be washed. So gross). 

So I let some things be put on the back burner. I prioritized some of the things I want in my life and what I learned is this:

1, I feel better when my house is clean. I'm just saying...I can actually find the toothpaste and the keys (and the keys aren't mixed up with the toothpaste and the toothpaste isn't mixed up with the keys, and...well, you get it). 

2. I like writing. (Okay, that was no big surprise, but there it is.)

3. Life is busy and I need to make time for the dreams in my life (yes...that does include making hot fudge topping and then eating by the spoonful - don't judge).

So I'm back. I hope to find all of my awesome blogging friends in the next few weeks (because I can't find a few of you and you aren't mixed up with my toothpaste and keys...)

What are some things that you have had to prioritize in your life?