On Thursday there was a karaoke/dance party to kick things off before thing officially began and I can pretty much guarantee I embarrassed myself. Us writers are a strange breed though, so I was in good company.
I learned so much. The workshops that really helped me this year focused a lot on plotting (Brandon Sanderson‘s intensive class on his own plotting method, plus the 9 point plot method). Because I just finished up edits and have started something new (yay!) I’ve been struggling with which direction the novel should go. I can’t wait to sit down with my notecards and figure out places to add more tension and how to make the characters resonate with genuine emotion.
Of course, one of the best things about the conference is meeting up with friends and authors who you’ve critiqued for.
This year I also attended the Whitney Awards for the first time, so we got all gussied up, which is always fun. As a mom of a preschooler, I don’t often get a lot of excuses to dress up 🙂 A lot of great books won awards, and I added a slew of titles to my already long list. Must. Read. Faster!
I really enjoyed one class by Erin Summerill that focused on how to write the right story for you, and an intensive class taught by Jennifer Nielsen on the 1% solution – basically, if you feel like you’ve made it 99% of the way and can’t figure out how to get past those last few things that are keeping you from publication. I also really loved a class all about the objective correlative taught by Rosalyn Eves, about how you can avoid things like “clenched fists” and other cliches by evoking emotion through objects.
This was my second year attending Storymakers, and I really hope to be able to go next year!
This conference has encouraged me and inspired me to create. Now I just need to focus on making my next book the best it possibly can be. Onward and upward!