Wednesday, May 25, 2011

June Workshops


Can you believe there’s only seven days left in May?  There's a great variety of workshops for June, however, May marks the end of five workshops for me and I’m looking forward to having more time to write so I’m trying not to look too closely while I put this post together...
 
Instructor: Lynn Price
Length: 2-week class June 13 – June 25
Cost: $15 ($10 if member)

Instructor: CJ Lyons
Length: 2-week class June 6 – June 19
Cost: $16

Instructor: Marilyn Puett
Length: 2-week class June 6 – June 20
Cost: $20

Instructor: Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman
Length: 2-week class June 4 – June 18
Cost: $20 ($15 if member)

Instructor: Margie Lawson
Length: 2-week class June 1 – 15
Cost: $30

Instructor: Suzanne Rock
Length: 3-week class June 1 – June 24
Cost: $25 ($20 if member)

Instructor: Carolyn Cooper
Length: 3-week class May 30 – June 24
Cost: $25 ($20 if member)

Instructor: Toni Andrews
Length: 3-week class June 6 – June 25
Cost: $25 ($15 if member)

Instructor: Jeannie Eddy
Length: 3-week class June 3 – June 14
Cost: $16

Instructor: Darlene Buchholz and Annie Oortman
Length: 3-week class June 3 – June 24
Cost: $16

Instructor: Elizabeth Sinclair
Length: 3-week class June 3 – June 24
Cost: $16

Instructor: Carrie Lofty
Length: 3-week class June 3 – June 24
Cost: $16

Instructor: Mary O’Gara
Length: 4-week class June 13 – July 10
Cost: $30

Instructor: Angela Knight
Length: 4-week class June 6 – July 1
Cost: $25 ($15 if member)

Some of the workshops don't have their own page so if you click a link and wonder where the heck I've sent you, scrolling down the page should help (unless I've actually given you the wrong link and then you're beyond help...come back and yell).

Don't forget to let me know your plans for June and lots of luck to anyone participating in the Romance Writers of Australia's 50Ks in 30 days challenge!

Happy writing!


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Work smarter not harder: engage your subconscious


Here are three simple ways to increase your writing output without giving up sleep.  It’s a lot easier than you’d think and not nearly as painful.

Write every day.  WWe’ve all heard this one before and it’s difficult to find writing time around your commitments but we’re not talking about finding more time to write each week, just scheduling your time a little differently. If the most you can manage on your busiest day is ten minutes or a hundred words that’s far better for keeping your subconscious engaged than having seven days between an eight hour writing slog.

Writing each day keeps the story fresh in your mind and allows your subconscious to continue working on it even when you’re not. You’ll be surprised by how easily solutions to plot holes pop into your head during the day and this means that the precious time you spend writing isn’t wasted on agonizing over other things. Just make sure you keep a pen and paper with you to jolt down ideas on the go because they can disappear as quickly as they come.

Write while you sleep.  Yes, you can literally “sleep on it” by guiding your mind to work on writing problems while you rest. The hypnagogic state occurs between wakefulness and sleep. Some writers take power naps and focus on a problem with their WIP as they drift off. This is when the ideas come. James Scott Bell also recommends using the dream state to assist with writing. He suggests writing down any questions you may have regarding your WIP right before you go to sleep. Then before you do anything else in the morning write down as many answers as you can to those questions.


Repetitive Activity.  You can also engage your subconscious by taking a drive, exercising, concentrating on something else such as paying the bills or through repetitive activity such as knitting. Doing the ironing could be just what you need to turn your MS into a blockbuster.  The ironing's looking pretty good right now, isn't it?


Happy writing!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The End


The April Word Count Challenge is over. I just managed to meet my 50K word count goal after a bad start to the month and I know a lot of other challengers did it tough too. So a huge CONGRATULATIONS to anyone who made their word meter move in the apocalypse that was April.

Judy Jarvie had the great idea to continue her April Challenge in May.  So, if you like, you can have a do-over too.

May is going to be an editing month for me, but it also seems to be the month of free things. Don’t forget to check in at The Minxes for birthday month goodies. Also, Margaret Mayo’s running a four week giveaway and I was lucky enough to snag this week’s copy of her latest Modern release A NIGHT WITH CONSEQUENCES (squee!). There’s still three more weeks to go and all you have to do is answer one teeny, tiny question (seriously, that’s it) which can be found here.

If you’re not sick of me yet, I’m interviewing USA Today Bestselling author and 2011 RITA award finalist Maureen Child today (I have a tough life) and you can join us here.

And don’t forget to let me know your plans for May. To edit, or not to edit? To write or not to write? To stalk Prince Harry or… Well, you’ll need blue prints of Buckingham Palace for that last one.

Good luck to all!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Workshops and Birthday Month


Who doesn’t love birthday month?

Now, if you want to send me presents I won’t stop you but it’s actually The Minxes' first birthday and there’s going to be giveaways all month! It’s also an excellent excuse to each chocolate cake every day. Just don’t tell your doctor, dietician, dentist, nutritionist or personal trainer...


And in workshop news...

Before You Hit Send (the self-editing course run by Angela James) is wrapping up now and I’m about to launch myself into my May workshop. Angela’s course is fantastic and I highly recommend it. It’s a rare opportunity to learn how to look at your work from an editor’s perspective—no more wondering where you went wrong, sobbing in a corner or eating your hair. It’s changed the way I look at my writing and how I edit and, hopefully, anyone who reads my work in the future will benefit from it too. If you’re interested, keep an eye out here for her next one.

As I mentioned before, I’m about to start my May workshop. This one is with Carol Hughes and is called What Does Nora Roberts Know That You Don’t? I’ve only ready the first handout but I’m excited about what’s to come. Do I want to make my reader cry like a baby? Yes. Yes, I do. And deep story is how you get there. Carol’s all about the HOW and the how is just what I need to know.

So, that’s my workshop for this month but there’s plenty more to choose from, including:

Instructors: Becky Martinez & Sue Viders


Layering—It’s Not Just for Cakes! How to start with a page of dialogue and build a scene, adding setting, emotion, action.
Instructor: Chris Redding


Instructor: Laurie Schnebly


Instructor: Mary O’Gara


So, what are your plans for May?

 
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