Sunday, May 02, 2010
Romancing the West - Awesome-sauce!
The Romancing the West mini-conference yesterday was amazing!! So much goodness packed into one day, my brain is fit to explode with all the excellent advice and info.
I was especially thrilled to meet up with my on-line buddy, Fiona Lowe, and it was sooo great to chat face-to-face rather than e-mail-to-email!
Here I am, posing with Fiona at the tea break! (Thanks to the lovely Rachael Johns for taking the pic!)
Fiona gave an excellent workshop on conflict and finding your characters' backstory. And the importance of drip-feeding information throughout the story rather than giving a great big info-dump upfront.
Nikki Logan's workshop on branding was awesome. It's something I've really struggled with but it was just like someone (Nikki, lol) bopped me over the head with the clue-stick. I hope I can now implement her advice!
And Juliet Marillier's workshop on history, guesswork and wild imagination was fantastic! Not least because it reassured me the way I go about researching and weaving it into the book isn't half as crazy as I've always wondered!
I'll be putting a full report up on my website shortly!
In other news, I'm over at Shelley Munro's blog today, with a writer's tip. Hope you can pop over and say hi!!!