This post is pre-scheduled as today I will still be enjoying my writing retreat, where there is no WiFi, TV or ‘outside world’ to intrude. Immersed in story since 18th May – I may never come back! (Well given the choice anyway). My plan for the retreat is to read, edit and revise two manuscripts – The Twesome Loop and Life in Slake Patch and hopefully be able to share them with beta-readers on my return. I may also have added enough story on my newest children’s book – Bubble the Gruggle to send the manuscript to my illustrator, enabling him to begin chapter header images.
When I do come back to reality I have two events this week. One an ‘extra’ meeting of the Arts and Culture Council on Wednesday to finalize the Heritage Day event organization and then Thursday I will be co-hosting the senior’s writing group at Silverbirch.
So please feel free to share your local writing events in the comments.
WGA Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist Reading and Celebration (YYC)
May 24th 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00pm Shelf Life Books, 1302 4th Street SW, Calgary
Please RSVP via Facebook Invite
Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta to celebrate the 2017 Alberta Literary Shortlisted authors and their nominated works! There will be complimentary wine and food from Aida’s Bistro, time to visit with friends, and a series of lively readings. Free admission. Authors scheduled to read in Calgary include: Lee Kvern, Paige Feureu, Lauralyn Chow, Gisèle Villeneuve, Mary Graham, Rona Altrows, Helen Hajnoczky, Georgia Graham, Laurie McFayden, Ellen Close with Braden Griffiths, Richard Harrison, Shelley Youngblut, and Sydney Sharpe with Don Braid.
Unfortunately my creative writing has taken a backseat this last week while I compiled a schedule, contact sheet and action requirements for the Heritage Day my Board and another organization are holding in June. In all I spent seven hours going through hundreds of emails to find contacts and actions made and needed. Having so many people involved is wonderful for the work share but a logistical nightmare. Now it is done I feel confident that everyone knows the status of what is happening, who is attending and special information.
After all that creating my writers foundation Board’s agenda for tonight’s meeting was a piece of cake!
I will use some of my long weekend to type out the personal experience notes my ghost writing client gave me and insert it into the draft book. I’ll also be putting the finishing touches to the workshop I am presenting at a writers conference on 22nd April – I want to ensure it is informative but also fun.
Hopefully I can also take some time to continue my edit and revision of The Twesome Loop. It is tantalizingly close to the finish prior to going back to beta-readers.
How is your current work in progress coming along?
The Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney- I am on the last few chapters of this wonderful narrative – I will not spoil the ending for anyone wanting to read it – that’s so unfair. So will put up a Goodreads review once I’m finished which will be this long weekend for sure.
The Other Life by Ellen Meister – so excited to read this story. If you could choose a different life, one you actually knew about – would you?
Do you have a recommendation?
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Join a writers’ group so you can gain support from the writing community and enjoy camaraderie in your craft.
From personal experience a writers group is invaluable for any writer as long as you receive constructive critique, your style and voice are acknowledged and respected and there is a strong sense of support and encouragement. My group: www.wfscsherwoodpark.com encourages writers any stage, any age of their writing career. We have local and virtual members.
Be observant. The people and activities that surround you will provide you with great inspiration for characters, plots, and themes. (And people watching is so much fun!)
Use writing exercises to improve your skills, strengthen your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques. My favorite ‘inspirational kick’ is finding a word or picture prompt. I create a prompt on our website every Saturday – scroll back and find one that ‘speaks’ to you – top right on the calendar www.wfscsherwoodpark.com
Protrude – definition: to project, or to thrust forward
We all have current projects, the one that is foremost in our minds and has our fingers busy. It is the one our muse is thrusting forward. We enjoy the excitement of it, wanting to know how it will materialize into a completed piece of work. As it develops from mind to paper/screen it becomes its own entity, taking on a life of its own. We spend weeks, months and mostly years, crafting it into something that we feel confident in sharing with the outside world.
The regime of editing, revision, beta readers and more revision, polishes it further. This stage can last even longer than the initial creation as we ‘make it perfect’. But at some stage we have to ‘let it go’ into the world, be it the virtual or the physical one. Social media, local events and word of mouth become our focus to assist our story’s success. We share our words with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Who will love it? Who won’t? Will it be a success?
Which book/story/article/poem ‘release’ did you find the most difficult? The most enjoyable?
For me, and I’m sure for most of you, there are several projects running concurrently – our ideas don’t wait patiently in line but scramble to become foremost. My list includes – final edits of a children’s fantasy, creating a subject specific bio for a collaboration, research for illustrations, research and plot planning for a new project and the creation of blog posts and prompts – to name a few.