About Writing On Wednesdays: What New Writers Want to Know

This Stellarcon panel about new writers consisted of Ed Schubert, Laurel Ann Hill and Tony Ruggiero.

There are no two ways about it; Laurel Ann Hill is an eccentric lady. At various panels she showed up with a big, fuzzy Russian hat on her head and at others she had dolls. The Russian hat I understood because that one room had temperatures colder than Siberia.

The various dolls weren’t props for her books. Maybe they were a type of security blanket? She wasn’t a big talker during the panels but she did enliven the room with just her presence.

The panel didn’t discuss the obvious like butt in seat, pen to paper. Instead they offered other tidbits for us to consider such as ways to look differently at our writing. 

One panelist, Ed Schubert, suggested putting your work away for a week or two. If possible for as long as a month or two. When you go back to it, it’s fresh.

Another way to keep your work fresh is to read your work out loud. This method allows you to view the story from another perspective. It also alerts you when a sentence is awkwardly phrased.

The panel agreed if you’re a serious writer then you must go to workshops. I’m not going to lie; it’s scary. The first one I ever went to was at Stellarcon. Intimidated to say the least, I was so out of my league it wasn’t funny.

The panel was comprised of professional editors, authors and publishers ready to critique the 100 words or so that we’d just wrote. Scary stuff but our privacy was taken very seriously, at least in the workshop I was in.

It was worth the mild panic attack when I had to read what I had just written off the top of my head because I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and a surprising bit of confidence.

Save your dollars because there’s only one problem with some workshops and that’s the expense. Well known writers charge out the rear for a workshop. We are talking at least $700 and higher for two or three days.

I don’t know about you but I can’t afford that right now. Some of them do offer videos that are cheaper and the cheapest of all would be the workshops offered at various cons. They are included with the cost of the con so you might want to check out what cons are held in your surrounding areas and see if they offer a workshop. 

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I Have Awesome Daughters

Holly and John came down for the Memorial Day weekend. Because I was very sick and still running a temperature on Thursday and Friday they only visited long enough on Thursday to drop off my four-legged grandson, Rex.

A Monday little freak: I think my being sick kind of freaked John out, not that I blame him. Who wants flu/virus thingy germs? Not me. It’s a nasty bug.

We did get to spend some of the weekend with each other but I didn’t have a clue as to what my chicks had been up to.

Holly and Tracey conspired together on Friday. They went to a little place called the Mad Platter Pottery where you can paint your own pottery or dishes.

Tracey gave me the result on Tuesday. A belated Mom’s day gift that makes it all worth the effort. Not the gift itself, although it is wonderful, but the caring and thought that went into this precious gift.

They painted a replica of my muse, Curiocat, for me. I wish I had the words. Love is in every stroke and in every detail. It went up in the window of the magical curio cabinet with the other little treasures in there. The cabinet sits behind me so I can look over my shoulder for inspiration and gain strength from the love it represents. 

Thank you very much girls. I love you, too.

Curio’s Past, Shhh.