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NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference ROCKED!

imageSomewhere between grading, lesson plans, curriculum, and the general pull-my-hair-out stress that comes with the beginning of the school year, I lost myself.

All that was left of me dissolved into my job.  Still–and I hold true to this–never a day without a word!  I crawl into bed exhausted, cuddle up with a notebook, and write, write, write because there is no therapy like word therapy.  I have literally been sleeping with notebooks.

But today…I got to wear my writer’s hat in the daylight.

The expertise and enthusiasm of the presenters at our workshops gave me the little kick I needed to get back on the book train. There are too many “best parts” to count, but Roxanne St. Claire’s workshop on scene revision definitely resonated with me.  We share a similar revision process which I won’t go into detail about, but it was good to hear that I’m not the only one who stops in the middle of her first draft and goes back to rewrite it from the top.

On that note, I’m returning to my latest WIP, mid-draft revising it for the second time and writing (finally!) to the end. So here’s to finding myself again, buried deep in the words.

Have you ever been to a writing conference?  If so, what’s the best piece of advice you learned there?

Michelle Joyce Bond


10 thoughts on “NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference ROCKED!

  1. I also do the midway edit. It helps me keep the flow because, lets face it, life gets in the way. Sometimes its hard to keep that excitement that launched us into our current WIP, so you need to go back and be reminded why. Great post!!

    I’ve never been to a conference, but I hope to at some point. 🙂

      1. Exactly! I do have to be mindful of it though… sometimes I can get out of hand and I’ll have to step back so I can actually finish the story I’m working on. I’ve found that since I’ve started plotting all things go smoother. It’s good to know where you’re coming is strong, just as it’s important to know where you’ll be ending up!

  2. I went to ThrillerFest in the summer of 2013. Loved it. So much good information. Plus, it was a thrill to find tables of free ARC copies of books to take. I had to be careful not to take more than I could carry home. And getting my book signed by Michael Connelly was pretty cool, too. 🙂

    1. Doesn’t it kill you?? This time, I started over to strengthen my antagonist, add fire to the romance, and turn up the conflict. It’s sort of horrible/wonderful when I have that epiphany at the half-way mark and see the true shape of the story. 🙂

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