the first day of the workshop, Emma led us through a discussion of first pages.
I was confident about my opening when I walked in. Since then, I’ve rewritten
it at least six times, and it’s not done yet. The second day was devoted to
voice. Emma gave us worksheets and exercises to help us discover the unique
voices of our characters. I have worked through the questionnaire for every character in my novel. I learned much about the people
who have lived in my brain for over a year now. The third day was devoted to
world building. How hard could that be? My characters live in modern day
Michigan. Again the workshop and worksheets pointed out many ways I can enrich
my novel. The fourth day was all about revision. I plan to leap into these
techniques during my upcoming writing retreat with The World’s Greatest
Critique Group. The last day was questions and answers, but not until we delved
into the inner reasons why we wrote our stories.
of all, I spent a week at a beautiful place, got to know nine fantastic
writers, and had the privilege of being tutored by a genius editor who knows
how to get authors to dig deeper and find new meaning in their writing.
I ate some lobster.
to Krista Dondero Rausin for generously sharing her photograph. My camera is
broken, so I have no pictures of hydrangeas, lighthouses or sailboats.
This blog has been neglected. My photography has too. I've been writing a lot (revising actually), riding my bike and playing my harp. I am now supposed to use two fingers and the thumb on each hand. Sure. Tomorrow, I embark on a grand adventure! First, I fly to Boston to spend the Fourth of July with Jeremy. On Sunday, I take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard for a workshop called The Art and Craft of Children's Book Writing, led by Emma Dryden. I'm very excited and a bit nervous. Certainly, I will learn much. I hope to post some pictures when I get back.