2. My second workshop was on using your characters to drive the plot. This one wasn't as in-depth, but I think I still learned from it. The funny thing is, my books do fit in this presenter's mold...but I'm not convinced they don't need more work ala #1. Also during this workshop, a guy stared at me through the entire thing! It was a little creepy...in the end, he jumped in and started talking to me about my name and how he knew someone named Prehn in Iowa. Still, a little creepy. I was relieved when he said, "Have a great conference," and finally turned away. Yikes!
3. My third workshop was on writing with your strengths. WE did a couple of personality tests to discover those strengths. Did you know that the majority of writers are whole-brained? I am (there was a little test for this), though I'm right on the edge of being right-brained. It was fascinating, but the best part was this quote: If you continue to do what you've always been doing, you'll continue to get the same results.
4. (more on #3) When she first read that, I thought, "What else can I do? I complete novels, I revise them, I'm in critique groups, I have exchange partners, I submit, I have a couple novels with editors, etc. What can I change?" And then I realized that, for me, the changes need to be more in the process of writing itself.
5. (adding to that) When I go to conferences, I always assume that everyone I meet, everyone I hear, every workshop I attend will somehow better my writing. Today certainly proved that -- I'm right at the wall, right at the edge of the next step (getting an agent, selling a book) -- to get over that wall, to climb the ladder, I need to change something. And those workshops on plotting and characters are tools I can use to make those changes -- plus, I will have the chance for a couple tomorrow on emotional depth (yay) and layering (woo-hoo).
Yeah, it's been a great Friday. I hope each of you has times like these! Thanks for all the good wishes, btw :) And if anyone would like my notes, I took tons! Just PM or e-mail me, and when they're all typed up, I'll send them your way :) ETA: The first 2 presenters mentioned in their talks that they'd gotten some of their ideas from others. I believe it's okay for me to share my thoughts on their presentations without 'stealing' their lecture packets -- if anyone knows differently, do let me know!