I Don't Want to Jinx Myself...

It is the end of the school year!  Usually by this time, there have been so many events and and extracurriculars and end of year of projects (besides getting up at the ungodly hour of 7:00 o'clock every morning for months!) that we're all a little bedraggled and ready for a good summer rest.  Summer plans are made but the day to day is vague and heavily reliant on "nothing".  But I don't know, this time it feels different.  There is energy in the air.  It feels like something is about to HAPPEN.  I don't know what exactly, but it feels like purpose is stirring. 

*shiver* Ooh! It's all vague and oracular and delicious feeling.  (I should totally write horoscopes. But not, you know, ones tied to astrology because I don't know anything about that.  Except my ADHD and talking shit is so Gemini.)

Maybe I'm just not as tired, maybe I'm ramping up with the sun.  I feel like writing a lot.  I think about writing all the time.  So perhaps, this summer, will be... extra productive?  (Don't jinx, don't jinx, don't jinx.)

Fingers crossed please.


Writing Slowly but Surely

I seem to be in a good writing groove at the moment (knock on wood, fingers crossed, step on a cat... wait, no). I've hit a pocket of ideas for the second book that I'm exploring and it's turning into some interesting copy.  I have a rough outline and an idea of the big story arc, but I'm still definitely in the experimenting phase.  I actually really enjoy this part.  All the small details start to come out but it's still very open and organic. I begin recognizing layers of themes; ones I intended but also surprises that develops as I write.  It's always fun to see what your unconscious comes up with when you're not paying attention.  (Sneaky, sneaky unconscious.)  I get to play while I'm writing and that's always more fun than "hurry up and finish and/or fix".

I'm still not the fastest writer but I'm happy if I'm steady. I find I waffle between being furiously jealous of "fast writers" and slightly disappointed in the results of said fast writing.  I mean, a lot of the time when I read someone who says they're a fast writer it's still really good (then, oh the jealousy).  But sometimes, sometimes I'll read something and it feels... well... rushed. 

But I'll be honest, the envy still wins out.  If I could get to twice my current word count and still feel like I'm playing... I'd be very, very happy.  ♥


My Time at SFWC 2019

On Valentine's weekend I attended the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC).  I've gone to this conference three or four times now and I always come away inspired... but I have to say this last trip I just really enjoyed myself!  I met great people, I liked the sessions, and it felt extremely personally productive.  (Pretty funny considering I didn't write a lick while I was there.)  I had a consultation with Agent Laurie McLean that was especially helpful. (Thank you!)

I know there are writing conferences out there that are focused on the craft of writing, with writing workshops or mentorships, and I'd like to try one of those sometime. However, what I like about SFWC is that it includes business and industry view sessions, such as how to get started online, marketing ideas, or discussing trends in a particular genre.  Maybe it's just the marketer in me but I love those sessions.  I'm all about learning the industry in order to succeed.  In particular, I feel like I learn what I'm doing right as a writer and that's very validating.  Second, I learn what I may be doing wrong in a way that let's me course correct in actionable ways.  And third, I come away with tips, data, and inspiration. Yay!  (I wish I was this type A in highschool; I would have gotten better grades.)

And big win... I met a lot of other cool writers, several of whom were interested in writing groups or swapping critiques!  I also approached presenters several times during the conference, either for professional advice or just to chat, and everyone was open and nice.  Writing conferences can feel overwhelming, if not downright terrifying, so I think that friendly attitude goes a long way. Especially for those writers who may be more introverted.  (I mean, I was a mess of nerves the first time I went and I'm not a shy person at all!)     

For writers out there thinking about attending a conference, especially one with a business bent, I recommend checking out SFWC*. 

         - wg

*Totally not a paid plug. I just like to gush.