with Marilyn Forsyth
It’s just over a month since the RWA ‘Get Fresh’ Conference, and would you believe it, I’m still digesting all the wonderful advice from so many fantastic speakers. I’m sure everyone who attended would have had their light bulb moments. Here are mine: five quotes (some paraphrased) that struck a chord with me.
‘Romance writers are makers of reader delight.’ C. S. Pacat.
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‘Every secondary character thinks they’re the lead in their own story.’ Rachel Bailey.
|Stereotypes are fine for cartoons but not for novels.|
‘If you must write, put writing first.’ Patricia McLinn.
|My heatmap: Day one|
Once again I believe it’s a matter of balance. I have a family and an everyday life to be lived, but my writing time must also be sacrosanct. According to my Productivity Heatmap (see below for a link), I’m an afternoon person, so writing between 12 - 4 pm will leave my mornings free to do all the other real-world stuff. I’ll let you know how I go.
‘Find your true audience. Connect and engage through conversations, by asking questions, by contributing ideas, by sharing content i.e. provide entertainment and only promote occasionally.’ Angela Ackerman.
Angela went on to give some fabulous suggestions on how to find readers, which I will definitely be following up on. What I liked about this quote was the importance Angela placed on making a genuine connection with potential readers, rather than being just a ‘buy my book’ author. Great advice from a hugely successful author.
‘You’ll go home tomorrow and collapse like roadkill.’ Mary Jo Putney.
I’m including this because it made me laugh (and it was true). Love ya, Mary Jo!
So, what were your light bulb moments from the Conference? I’d love to hear what you learned.
Love to Love Sue Brockhoff, Annabel Blay and Kate James of Harlequin Mira for making me feel so welcome.
Love to Laugh at photos of animals caught by surprise. For more click on this link.
Love to Learn how to be more productive. Go to www.productiveflourishing.com click on ‘free planners’ and you’ll find a Productive Heatmap. Basically, over a week or so, you colour-code your productivity from hour to hour. Supposedly it helps you find your best time to write. (Hope it works!)