I'm back, writing friends, with more info about the workshops at The Writer's Plot 2012 Conference.
Alan is a highly successful children’s/young adults’ author right here in the Carolinas. His presentation was fun and informative. If you ever get the chance to hear him (like at the SCBWI-C Conference this September) DO!
Alan drilled into our brains the Three-Act plot and its structure. He’s had great success using this format as his basic approach to plotting – but, with his own personal twists on it, of course! As he and most of the other presenters said, “You gotta’ know the rules before you can break the rules!”
Alan’s workshop gave me several Eureka! moments regarding my current WIP novel.
Do I need to rearrange some of my chapters? Do I need to ratchet up the struggles in places? Is my “Tent Pole” chapter in the right place to keep the middle of the plot from sagging? Is that event powerful enough to do the job? Do I need to add a chapter or two? Do I need to expand certain scenes?
Like Alan says, “Life is too short for boring books.”
I think his thoughts and suggestions might just rescue my WIP from being one of those boring books.
|Edie Melson & friends|
A social networker I am NOT!
A Face Book fan, or friend or whatever I am NOT!
I AM a Tweeter who hardly ever Tweets, and that’s not good!
However, I DO blog regularly, after two long years of silence. Hmmmm...does that even count?
Edie’s workshop “Life of a 21st Century Wordsmith: Social Media Marketing for Writers” was the last nail for me. Her comments piled on top of comments from practically everyone I know as friends and family finally convinced me that I need a Face Book page (or two.)
(What AM I thinking???)
She gave us some tips on using our time wisely online. I hope I can stick to them.
I especially appreciated Edie’s emphasis on RELATIONSHIPS as the focus of social networking – not sales, not professional contacts – but relationships.
“Just remember the good manners your grandmother tried to teach you and you’ll do well with electronic social media,” according to Edie.
Thanks for the push off the diving board, Edie. I’ll see you in the deep end!
Next Tuesday I’ll share some wisdom from picture book author (for 40 years) Pat Thomas. I can hardly wait.