I’m not going to RWA this year, which isn’t making me lose much sleep. There are people I would love to see—and I love those signings—but I’ve been traveling a lot, and I have deadlines.
I will, however, be participating in Lynn Viehl’s Left Behind & Loving It virtual workshops, which have taken place for the past 4 years during the week of RWA—and are, frankly, probably more helpful than any of the panels you’ll attend at the actual conference.
I’m still trying to figure out how to address certain topics—character and plotting, specifically—because my process is so organic you might as well set me out to fertilize the roses. That’s probably all I’m good for when it comes to giving advice. Still, I’m gonna try. I was thinking about it last night, even—and here’s my final conclusion, which will most certainly be making it into my workshop:
As a writer, you’re always looking for possibilities.
On the surface of things, this is not that helpful—especially regarding character and plot—but no matter what you do in life, that’s probably something to tell yourself, every now and then. Dwell in possibility. Because possibility is the same thing as opportunity.
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