The Popular Romance Project has a post up featuring the ladies of Attacking Page at the New York Romance Writers of America national conference. The video is a short snippet from our Kick Butt Heroes workshop where we discuss knife fighting. Check it out if you’d like to see Kathy repeatedly stab me with a knife. – Melinda Leigh
I’m tackling interview questions for my November/December blog tour. Yes, I know its 2 months away, but I’ve told you before that I’m a geek. I always had my homework and term papers done way ahead of time. Otherwise I can’t think because I feel like Wile E. Coyote with an anvil poised over his head.
Anyway, the best piece of advice I can give any beginning writer is to join a writers’ organtization. Yesterday I attended the Liberty States Fiction Writers meeting. I can’t describe how good it felt to mingle with other writers, to have them cheer when I held up the gorgeous ARC (advanced reader copy) of my debut novel, She Can Run, to pick the brains of the experienced authors in the group. (Thank you, Caridad Pineiro, yet again.)
Writing is a solitary life, but writers need to leave their writing caves and mingle with other humans occasionally. But books are about people and relationships and the outside world. How do we write about these things if we’re holed up in our PJs guzzling coffee and muttering to the dogs for months on end? Professional organizations also provide important resources to help writers in all states improve their craft, learn to promote, and talk about what happening in the business. Liberty States Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America have both been instrumental in helping me with my career.
So, that’s my big piece of advice: join a professional organization. For those of you with experience in the writing world, what advice can you give to beginning writers? For the newbies out there, what’s your biggest obstacle?
If anyone has other writing organizations they’d like to list here, go for it!
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Kathy, Rayna and I will be giving our Kick Butt Heroes Workshop both at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference on March 19, 2011 in Iselin, New Jersey and at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in New York City June 28 – July 2, 2011.
The workshop will cover some fighting and writing basics, plus a whole lot of punching, stabbing, shooting and choking. Good times, huh? We’ll demonstrate some inventive ways to get your characters out of hairy situations, like having a gun barrel pressed against her temple or a knife held to his throat. Not only will we show how a trained fighter would respond, but also how a novice might escape. Practical defenses will be covered, as well as some more theatrical maneuvers. We’ll change up the techniques each time, so no two workshops will be alike. If you’re attending either conference, join us for an exciting hour.
And don’t forget, we’re running a critique contest this week. Entries will be accepted through this Thursday, Feb 10th. Send in your (500 word max) action scene and we’ll chose one lucky (brave) soul for a critique. See last Thursday’s post, Calling to Action, for details.