Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Beginning of Fall

The last few months have been full of writing events, but last weekend it came to an end with the Northern Ohio SCBWI conference.  It was a wonderful event, full of encouraging talks and great company.  I was lucky enough to visit with many people during lunch and between the talks, including a few that I had not seen in a long while. It’s always so fun to catch up with fellow writers “in the trenches” and hear about their progress. Very inspiring! 

I went to a number of talks at the conference, including two by Jody Casella. She included my previous outlining method (discussed here) in her talk on revision.  I have to say, it was pretty fun to see my handiwork up there on the big screen. J I also went to a talk by Allison Weiss, an associate editor at Egmont, about creating pitches.  That is such a difficult topic and I’m still struggling with it, so it was great to hear her advice and get to work with other YA writers on a better pitch for my current WIP.  I wrapped up the conference with an encouraging critique and plenty of things to think about before I jump into the next draft of my manuscript.

This weekend also happens to be my birthday weekend (who-hoo!) so I took the time to reorganize my office and finally hang a new bulletin board that I made. I’ll need it to help contain all the business cards I’ve been collecting!  Now that fall is here, and my major scheduled events are complete, the next bullet on the to-do list is completing my draft and possibly reading a few craft books before I jump back in. Here’s to spring and all of the upcoming events in 2015!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like it was a fantastic conference! YAY! And I want to see your bulletin board! :) Happy writing!