Welcome to the June 2017 Edition of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
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Each month we are presented with a question.
June’s IWSG Day Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
I have come very close to saying I quit but never actually said it and when it comes to writing I hope I never do. That said I have taken breaks from writing. I think a break every now gives our creativity a chance to reset.
It also helps to surround ourselves with people that support us and our writing and who we can support in return. A great place to find that support system is a writing conference and it happens to be the Writing Conference time of year. The time of year when writers with big a dream and writers that are living the dream come together to network and most importantly to teach and to learn from and support one another.
Last weekend I attended the #NJSCBWIConference. I presented a workshop on marketing to some extremely talented writers, illustrators and several of the agents and editors sat in as well. That was a bit intimidating but fabulous as well!
This weekend is The Philadelphia Writers Conference. I first attended this conference so many years ago that word-processors were all the rage back then. This year I will be presenting a three-day-workshop on The Truth in Nonfiction.
To get the most out of a writing conference, prepare before you attend. Have you followed all of the presenters on social media? Have you followed and introduced yourself to some of the other attendees? Bring plenty of business cards, pens and notebooks. When someone hands you a business card jot something on the back of the card to help you remember them, such as “Met at the Philadelphia Writers Conference.”
One thing you never want to do at a conference is to hand out written pitches. You want to be prepared by being about to say your pitch, naturally in two to three sentences. Practice, practice and practice some more.
You also want to make sure you dress appropriately. Agents and editors are looking for professional writers. You don’t have to suit up but you should wear your best business casual.
At the conference do not monopolize any of the agents time. Everyone is there to meet them and they want to meet as many writers as they can. Keep the ninety-second rule in mind and practice. You don’t want to be remembered as a conversation hog.
No matter where you are in your writing process there is always something to learn. Take the time to listen to learn, not listen to respond.
Most of us creative types are naturally shy and find it difficult to come out of our shells and be more extraverted. I promise you if you if you give it a shot the rewards will be great. It does get easier. We are so lucky in this day and age because we have the opportunity to virtually meet people before actually meeting in real life. Most writing conferences will have a Facebook page and that gives you the opportunity to follow others that will be attending. Follow them and comment on their posts. It is possible to develop friendships before you actually meet in person.
Practice your logline. “Tell me a little bit about the book you are writing?” “What is it about?” If you haven’t been asked this question yet, you will be. There is nothing worse than being asked and your immediate uncontrollable response is to look like a dear in headlights or even worse you ramble on for five-minutes about plot and characters leaving the question asker wishing they hadn’t asked.
Your logline should be a one, two or three (at the most) sentences describing the beginning, middle and end of your book. It is something you need to memorize and practice until it comes out as natural conversation. You may want to have two or three memorized. One that can be used specifically when you meet literary agents, editors or publishers at a conference or workshop.
With the logline you want to sell your story more than tell the story. To create one write down these four questions and then write out the answers.
- Who is the main character? It is better to use the characters position or profession, anything other than their name.
- What is he, she or it trying to accomplish in the story?
- Who is preventing your main characters success? Again try to use position or profession to describe other than a name.
- What will happen if the goal isn’t accomplished?
Can you fit those answers into a formula similar to this: Protagonist-verb-antagonist-goal-stakes?
Having a couple of loglines will increase your confidence ten-fold. Practice, practice, practice until it sounds like natural conversation!
Relax, smile, make new writer friends to add to your tribe and most importantly have a great time!
Are you going to a conference? Which one?
Please visit this month’s co hosts:
JH Moncrieff Madeline Mora-Summonte Jen Chandler Megan Morgan Heather Gardner