Recovered from Romance Writers of Australia’s fantastic Conference in the Gold Coast with the High Five judges lists well underway I feel ready to write.
If you have a little time think about helping out RWA it’s great organization which helps writers improve their skills and reach publication.
On the home front I have been busy getting ready to head up to the wilds of the Far South Coast of New South Wales for a few weeks. I’ll be taking my trusty laptop with me to work on my chapters.
Below are some photos I’d like to share from the conference.
Here it is my first blog in a while but I have excuses...
As Romance Writers of Australia's judge coordinator I've been totally absorbed finding judges for the Valerie Parv Competition.
Now, I'm back writing and working on my latest story about a dippy genius and her billionaire lover. It's so much fun I'm just a touch in love with my hero already as my story unfurls in flashes and bursts.
Yes, I'm afraid I'm a 'panters' (a writer who writes without a detailed outline). I dash along never knowing for sure what will happen or where my characters will take me. It's an exciting ride but it can also be the pits when you come to a sudden halt after 20,000 or 30,000 words with no idea what happens next or where the big black moment is!
I envy fellow writers who use outlines. I've completed many courses on creating outlines, how to use them and how many re-writes you save but still I plod on - that was plod not plot!! I've tried plotting and have dozens of stories outlined and characterized to within an inch of their lives. My writing buddies tell me they are great ideas, I'm only 10,000 or 20,000 off completing them, yet I've lost interest, or is it the plot. If you're a writer, what sort of writer are you? A plotter, a pantser or somewhere in between?
Been talking to friends and writing buddies about traditions. My kids are in their twenties now, my baby just turned twenty-one, and they're all busy with friends. Makes me wish we had started family traditions - apart from the Easter Sunday egg hunt! Do you have traditions your family follow? I'd love to hear about them.
I'm meeting up for lunch tomorrow with the JEMS, my writing buddies, and looking forward to it! Lots of laughs, good food and great company.
Until next week have a lovely Easter, keep safe.
Bye for now,
Thanks to my dear friend Ange we got the opportunity to talk to Jane Porter and what a lovely lady she is. Romance Authors seem to be wonderfully generous with their time and information!!
And what an inspirational speech she made. Wonderful job organizers of RWA'S 2011 conference, ideas and inspiration flowed freely!!
Here I am with Jane Porter, Raewyn and Ange.
I'm a member of Melbourne Romance Writers Guild and you couldn't find a more supportive, encouraging and talented group of writers.
Following our meeting on Sunday I re-vamped my current WIP collage and the words flowed into the early hours of the morning. It was a real light bulb moment!
Thank you MRWG, Collaging session re-enervated me. And thanks Ebs for your fantastic Active/Passive voice workshop.
Beautiful day in Melbourne lots of sun with little of the dreadful humidity we've been enduring and perfect for writing.
I've been busy creating a new website for the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild and it was so much fun. Just love the ease of Weebly.
Have a great day and check out the new website www.melbournerwg.com I'm off to finish my chapters and send them off - this weekend !!
This week kicked off with an inspirational meeting with the wonderful, caring Melbourne Romance Writers Guild .
It was great fun celebrating the lovely Emmie Dark's First Sale to Super Romance. We also celebrated Ebony's special Birthday, ahhh 21, and the wonderful Charlie Kramer presented an informative workshop on Making Book Trailers!!
I've put my name down for the MRWG's BIGFAT (Bum is glued, fingers are typing) and the RWAus's 500 Club, to keep the words flowing and as we speak I'm looking at my storyboard and I'm right into my newest story about a princess who has everything but what she needs!!
Bye for now,
Here is a Writing Quote for the day!
"People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it." -- Harlan Ellison