Writing can be a lonely process, tapping away at a typewriter, sticking post-its on a board, having imaginary conversations with imaginary characters . . .
It's why I love the opportunity to attend workshops and author events.
This weekend, I attended an inspiring workshop led by Douglas Skelton and Theresa Talbot.
Sometimes workshops just 'click'. It was a great mix of topics from writing a synopsis to creating dialogue. Everyone contributed to making it a worthwhile day. There was lots of good advice but I'll share two snippets here:
someone else can help write your synopsis - especially helpful if you're getting bogged down in detail
treat writing like an assignment - as a journalist and editor, I couldn't afford the luxury of writer's block.Writing fiction needs a similarly focused approach
The day also brought some revelations about my central character. Although she had been pushing and shaping the plot, I had some niggling doubts about her 'why'. The workshop helped me to identify her core motivation and values, and suddenly everything slid into place. I couldn't wait to get home and start writing - and that's surely the sign of a successful day.