Monday, September 20, 2010
It’s not the first time I’ve been told this. The wonderful Melissa James reviewed some of my work a while back and said the same thing.
So I am about to start revising my latest work and add some detail.
Trouble is, when it comes to detail, I always err of the side of not too much; mostly because I personally don’t read the detail in books. Whenever a paragraph starts with: ‘The house was...’, The landscape seemed...’, His hair was...’, I skip it. My interest is in the character; what they do next, what they feel, why they feel it. Where they are when they’re feeling it hardly matters to me.
So this is my dilemma. I don’t like the detail, so I don’t want to inflict it on my readers.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Or maybe you love the detail. Do tell. And any hints on where I can read more about this.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Coordinated by volunteers, the 2010 Clayton’s Conference, with Sandie Hudson at the helm (again),was an all-Bootcamp affair with Suzanne Hamilton and me - Jenn J McLeod - signing on to help out over the three-days and nights. All three agree it was a great way to pay forward to other writers after what RWA Bootcamp has done for them.
With guests from both Australia and overseas speaking on a variety of topics, it was a truly global experience for the thirty-five registered attendees - many of them new to online events.
With a chock-a-block agenda that included six tough writing challenges over the three days, organisers were amazed at the level and quality of participation.
Noble Romance, with several authors asked to provide full manuscripts and contracts offered.
This post is a Clayton's wrap-up (the wrap-up you have when it's not really wrapped up!) because the camaraderie continues with the 2010 Clayton’s attendees establishing their own online networking group. So Claytons 2010 will live on, just as our belief in our dreams will live on.
Special thanks to the Executive Committee of Romance Writers of Australia for recognising the need for an online conference experience for its member and for supporting the Clayton's Conference concept and growth.
RWA website or RWA Blog (including a link to our final report listing all our guest speakers, sponsors, our winners, attendee feedback and our 2010 agenda.)
Watch out next year for the 2011 extravaganza and you'll never feel lonely at conference time again.