Happy February! Or perhaps you’d rather the alternative: Damn, February!
No matter the way you greet this lovey-dovey, sweet-toothed, sappy month, I hope that 2023 is off to smooth sailing. As for me, I feel like I’ve gotten a bit of whiplash as I have arrived back on campus. The spring semester starts TODAY and I am one hundred percent not ready for the chaos that is going to unfold. But, I am also excited to jump into classes again.
This week’s blog post contains all the gems I picked up at a writer’s conference two weeks ago, which I am thrilled to share. Writing in itself, as I have often mentioned before, is a love letter to oneself, and these are my tidbits of love that will help elevate your work (even if you don’t consider yourself a writer). So, without further ado, I present to you my notes from the Roanoke Regional Writer’s Conference!
- Find your book’s mission: its “mission” and “vision” statements.
- Editing doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Focus on one task at a time.
- One foot in front of the other!
- Mindset and habit are eternally, perpetually, forever connected.
- Our obstacles can become our opportunities with the [write] mindset.
- Discover your INNERLINGS: the Naysayer and the Writer.
- Name them, listen to them, imagine you’re having a cup of tea together
- WHY do you write? Why why why? The BIG why, not about your specific project.
- Reparenting the inner critic IS possible.
- REST IS A REQUIREMENT, NOT A REWARD.
- Ritual for a reason; get excited to write.
- Bamboo structure is best because it allows flexibility.
- Expect failure. When you fail, simply take a step back, evaluate, then recommit.
- The opening 100 words of your book are crucial. The agent will either continue reading after that or abandon the book.
- Character is structure, structure is character.
- Love all your characters. Especially the villains.
- Good dialogue is a piece of music, it has a beat and a rhythm.
- Enter the scene as late as you can, leave as early as you can.
- You do NOT need an MFA to write a book.
- Always remain a student.
Are there any of these that speak to you? Number six for me hit hard. Let me know in the comments below!
From a Writer
Thank you to authors Kris Spisak, SB Rawz, Leah Weiss, and Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry for their wonderful wisdom.
3 thoughts on “With Love, from a Writer”
Number 3 is what I needed! I spent the last few weeks working on getting thoughts on paper not really seeing a way to connect them all yet. Also, number 5 is great too — always gotta have the write mindset, haha
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Number 7 and 17 are really important for me, keep learning and recover when needed 🙂
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