Some Wonderful and Very Smart Writers…

It was great to meet so many names that I knew from here or workshops, but had never put a face to. That was super fun. Thank you!

I had to be up this morning early (so no writing this morning) to be at the 20BooksTo50K Conference here in Las Vegas. I had 40 minutes to give a short course on Writing into the Dark, a topic that takes six weeks to go over in a regular workshop. (Just starting now in November, actually. Information below.)

I had fun with the forty minutes and no one shot at me from the audience, so I guess it went well. People said it did. And Kris talked for a half hour behind me about the value of short fiction.

Then we went off for a wonderful lunch with Mark from D2D and Damon from Bookfunnel. Great fun. Mark is coming back as an editor for the anthology workshop in March. He’s a fantastic editor and will be doing something special as well. (Still five spots in that workshop, sign-ups end on the 24th of this month because the writing starts on the 25th.)

The rest of the day was a blur of naps, exercise, and watching television.

Plus a Writing Thought…

I wanted to add in one more thought from The Voice. One singer who had an issue hearing the band and got off track at one point was saved by Jennifer Hudson to go to the live shows. Jennifer’s comment was simply, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.”

And at another point one of the judges and Mariah Carey were talking about one young girl and Mariah said it sounded too polished and perfect and she wished the girl would just let her natural voice out. The polished girl did not make it through.

Yup. I sure say that a lot, don’t I?

Polish and perfect is the death of art. And if you let your writing be YOUR WRITING, then you are really doing art.

So back to writing for me tomorrow morning.

Again, thanks to those I met at the conference for being so nice. Made it a fun few hours for me.