Going in the right direction, workshop done

Reading, writing, tweeting, blogging…my goodness, does it ever stop? In short, the answer is no, it doesn’t. And that’s okay. I love every minute of it. I just finished Angela James’s Before You Hit Send workshop. Holy moly, that was an awesome 3 week workshop and I suggest everyone to take it.

If you’re looking to polish up your self-editing skills or want to learn how to be a stronger writer this is the workshop for you. It’s an online class so it was perfect for me with regards to my schedule and location (CA). If anyone is interested in checking it out here’s the link: http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/

Angela is very knowledgeable and personable with a whole lot of experience. I never felt stupid or out of place and believe me, I was in a crowd of some pretty impressive individuals (I was in the workshop with a rocket scientist, no joke). Although it was quite a bit of information, I enjoyed it. I started to get a little overwhelmed at the end of week 2 but I rallied through. :grrrr face: I had too, how else am I going to learn everything I need to?

Sure I can say I’m going to write while pounding my fist on my desk but if I don’t know the technical aspects of my craft I’m doing a disservice to myself and my (future)readers. It’s akin to saying I’m going to build a boat while striding confidently out the door to go buy tools from Home Depot. Now the latter would be silly if I have no idea how to build a boat wouldn’t it?

(Confession time, yes, I’ve made that statement and gone to buy tools that I didn’t need. But if we’re ever caught in a flood and need to build a boat then I’m good to go. Who’s going to look like a silly sally then, huh?)

Where was I? Skills, knowledge, and the workshop. The next session starts in October so there is plenty of time to check it out. I would also recommend Twitter for anyone looking for articles or blogs that have writing, editing, or publishing tips. I’m amazed everyday by the amount of information I find in my Twitter feed. I’m not even following hundreds of people and I still find tons of stuff. If you’re not on Twitter, please create a handle if you’re interested in writing or something of that nature. You’d be amazed by the information and contacts you can find.

The world is getting smaller every day. Let’s embrace it and make it work for us. By the way, did you know readers as far as Russia, the U.K., and Australia read this blog? :Waves hello: I’m humbled and awed. I know it’s cheesy but I get a pretty big kick out of that. Of course, I get excited about everyone who takes the time to read my blog. What can I say? I’m a writer, I get emotional. Don’t judge me. 🙂

Photos:

Lynn Kelley Author http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynkelwoohoo/7789354222/in/photostream/

Michael http://upstartcrowliterary.com/blog/?p=153

I’m feeling kinda chingona (bad ass)

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged but it seems like so much has changed. Perhaps it’s my perspective rather than my world. I recently went on vacation and came back pumped to jump into the world of writing. Look out world, I’m here and I’m armed with a laptop, social media and registered for writing workshops!!! ( I would lift my laptop as if brandishing a sword but that would be just silly so I digress.)

I think I was allowing things (responsibilities, bleh) to stress me out when the truth is “they” aren’t the most important things in my life. My family, my writing, and I am. So there ::fist pump:: I know I have to be responsible but I don’t have to allow it all to overwhelm me and take over. I’m channeling my inner chingona (bad ass) and I’m going to work with it.

This weekend I attended the monthly meeting for the HD branch California Writers Club. I’ll admit when I got up that morning I really wanted to go back to sleep but I’m so glad I didn’t. It turns out there was a workshop that day. Alan Watt, author (The 90 day novel) and instructor presented a 2 hour workshop Unlock the story within. Oh my goodness, it really was awesome. There were some great writing exercises and ideas that helped get my creative juices going. I’ve had my protagonist sitting on my shoulder, whispering stuff in my ear since Saturday. I don’t know if it’s creepy or a good thing. Whatever it is, I’m going to go with it and just write the story she wants me to tell. If you would like more information about Alan Watt’s classes I’ll include the link at the bottom of the page.

I also volunteered to help out with this year’s writing conference Howling at the Moon 2012 (more details to come) put on by the HDCWC.  Then I agreed to consider blogging for High Desert blogging. I’ve already decided to do it. Ha, it took me about an hour after the meeting to think of some ideas.  On Sunday I sent some poetry to the HDCWC newsletter The Inkslinger for the editor’s review. ::slight cringe:: I hope she likes it.

Holy Moly I’m doing BIG THINGS!! What did I tell you? Creative juices overflow…eww sound like I have a plumbing issue, huh? Well, don’t take it that way silly sally because it’s all good.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that in addition to all that other stuff I signed up for Angela James Before You Hit Send online workshop last week. I’ve read really good things about her workshop and it looks like it is exactly what I need. I’ll include her link at the bottom of the page as well. It looks like lots of information on tips to help self-edit ::shudders::  and learning about pacing, show not tell, etc. Take a moment to click on the link and check it out.

I’m on a roll folks! Hmmm, I might need a theme song before this month is over.

Links:

Alan Watt  www.lawriterslab.com

Angela James  http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/

High Desert Branch California Writers Club http://www.hdcwc.org/Pages/default.aspx