Last Friday I made a post about the workshop I was attending over the past weekend, taught by Lee Weatherly who wrote the amazing Angel series. I heard about it pretty last-minute in early February, shortly before the sign-ups closed. Lee tweeted about it and at first I couldn't believe she'd be coming to Zurich! I seized the chance though and I'm so glad that I did because it was most definitely worth it!
The workshop was about what to do once you've finished the first draft of your novel. I finished mine at the end of January 2012... and since then it's mostly been lying around. It took me until this last November (NaNoWriMo) to finally even finish my first re-read, and by then I'd forgotten the beginning... again. It was just this big scary mass of 95,000 words written without an outline. What I'm scared of isn't line-edits, it's the structural rewrites. Do I need to insert scenes? Cut? Is there enough tension? Are my characters fleshed-out? What about the pacing? What about show-don't-tell?
All of those questions were addressed in the workshop, and it was a very intense Saturday! But I learned so much during those hours. Lee was so nice and it was great to discuss these issues in a group of like-minded people, even though we write quite diverse genres. Lee's advice was really hands-on and practical, and of course I found it particularly interesting that she sometimes used examples from Angel and Angel Fire to illustrate her points - it was like a glimpse behind the scenes :)
|Signed books :) Sorry for the wacky quality...|
Yeah, I guess you can tell I had a great weekend! I met a lot of talented writers, some of whom also live in my city. And it's not easy to meet English-writing people in a Swiss city. We also did a reading and I loved getting a glimpse at what the others were working at! And of course I couldn't resist asking Lee to sign my books ^^'
Basically I just want to sit down and revise now, but I can't because real life is a bitch and I'll have to move out of my apartment in 6 weeks and so far I wasn't able to get a new one (been looking for a good month). And then there's my MA thesis... sigh. But I WILL revise this novel, and I WILL send it to agents and try to get it published. I rekindled my passion to tell these characters' adventures, and ultimately, that's what matters most.
Enough of my ramblings... have you ever met any authors in this type of setting or participated in a workshop? Written a query letter? I'd love to hear about your writing experiences :)