Last weekend I had the opportunity to pack my bags and head north with several other writers to Duluth, MN. The view was breathtaking, the camaraderie superb and the teaching by Colleen Coble out of this world amazing!
There are so many different things I could share from this year’s annual Great Lakes Get Away. Instead of trying to cover them all, I will share five things things Colleen shared that impacted me as a writer:
1. Protect Your Voice In Your Edits. As you are reading your book, look for places where you have a voice slip. In comparison to other scenes, this scene will be different in sound and flavor. Correct this mistake.
2. Helpful Writing Resources:
~Scrivner – Offers great planning for writers. Scene plotting tools, sidebar character descriptors, easy rearrangement of scenes, etc.
~Getty Images (You can type in the character’s demographics and it will narrow down pictures so you can select your character pictures)
~Baby Name Survey Book- tells the basic impression a particular name has on readers. What that name tells your readers that your character is like.
~The Hero’s Two Journeys- Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler.
3. Use Note Cards To Help You Tackle Macroedits(content change recommendations). For example, if you are trying to strengthen the character journey in your edits, write down the elements you want to change on a note card and check them as you go through each scene. It makes this component of editing less daunting.
4. Question If You Should Move Scenes Around After New Plot Changes To Add More Conflict. I loved this idea. In fact, I did this last night with my manuscript. Reordering scene to maximize conflict is a great idea.
5. Big Word In The Market Today Is Discover Ability(how readers find you). Understanding how a reader finds an author is pivotal to success. Still the most prominent method: 65% Discover an author by word of mouth. Second most common method of discover ability is by online research.
Colleen Coble also is a huge fan of my very favorite thing: Brainstorming. We did several different methods of brainstorming that were powerful to our stories. Never miss out on this amazing step to the creative process.
How do you discover about new authors and determine you want to read their books?