I am taking part in the Nebraska Writer’s Guild Spring Conference. I’ve attended three times in the past, pre-COVID. We have writing sprints right now, so I thought, “What a great time to write a blog and not skip a day.” Most likely, I will not want to write once I get home tonight.
Yesterday, I felt like a kid the day before school starts. I was a weird kid who loved school. We did little during the summer. Dad worked nights and slept days, and we only went on one vacation as a family. It wasn’t good. My baby brother screamed his head off during the entire drive to Minden, Nebraska. We stayed maybe a night in the motel and headed back home.
I looked forward to school starting. I really looked forward to this conference. It’s a chance to meet more people who like what I do, and who do what I do, too. Some are quite good, too. I hope with hard work that I’ll be able to pick up the ball and run with it. My plan is to begin again with my novel. I’ll probably read what I have finished so far and outline some more to ease back into it.
I am glad there is a big variety of topics for the breakout sessions. They begin after lunch at 1:30 p.m. Writing sprints are timed segments, where you write as many words as you can for the time given. Whoever writes the most words is a “winner.” It is an exercise to dump your brains out on the paper. Most people work on their books, and I will too, probably later. It’s good practice.
The anticipation of learning something new always lifts my spirits. I am going to join a session on using TikTok to market my writing. I know it’s a thing. The grandkids are hooked on it. I wonder how they’ll feel when they find out their grandma is on TikTok. Shhhhh! It’ll be our little secret! There are many ways to embarrass yourself. I might as well learn one more! I’ll let you know how it goes.
The first breakout session that interests me is about Creating Characters Your Readers Know. The blurb caught my eye because it referred to channeling your difficulties, overcomer struggles and life experiences into characters your readers know. This is exactly what I am doing writing about Katie Fitzgibbon. I believe it will be eye opening for me.
The second session today is about TikTok. It ought to be fun. (If I tell myself that enough times, it will be.) A local author, Brandy Prettyman will talk about The Business of Writing. Since I’m an official LLC, I need to get with the program. I overlooked mailing in a couple of forms to the State of Nebraska last year, and they sent me reminders on a very regular basis. It’s a shame, there were only expenses, no income. It’ll still be good to hear what she has to say.
It’s a toss up for the last hour, “Writing in Deep POV,” or “The Unputdownable Page: How to Create stories Your Reader Cannot Put Down.” The second one sounds good. I believe the presenter is the keynote speaker, so maybe she’ll talk about that a bit in her speech. The more I think about it, the more I think the Deep POV will be for me. Especially since the depth of the character’s feelings comes into play in my novel. Thanks for helping me decide.
It is now time for lunch. Of course, I’ve purchased some books and gained some others that were free. Have a splendid afternoon, and enjoy the day. See you tomorrow!