This post was "memoed" (technical term for voice recorded for a later date) for myself to give to you. I'm cleaning up my language and taking out the "ummmsss..." along with the "and...and...and..." so that you can comprehend what the hell I'm saying. Memoed's should not be heard by an audience. Much like first drafts should not be seen by editors. Here's what I memoed:
So I am back from RT literally about 25 minutes ago. After unloading my stuff after driving home from Las Vegas I have some thoughts on RT. I listen to people on how it's an incredible time to be an author but also how very difficult time it is to be an author.
So you want to be a writer?
Lisa's advice...quit. But if you can't quit, then DO THE WORK.
I think it's some of the best advice ever. I wish I could just stop. But then all my characters stutter. Jackson Goththor and Sir Ahibodeau stop fencing and look at me. What? Marcus flashes dark talons and considers killing me. Asmara lifts a dangerous eyebrow and Tiecus growls. No, no stopping. Writing keeps me out of a straight-jacket.
But Lisa knew we wouldn't take her advice so she continued on...and gave us wonderful motivational tools we'd use for the rest of our writing lives. Advice like -- if you can't quit--do the work.
- Find your goal.
- Define your own success.
- Climb your own mountain.
She gave us homework which is easy for me because, I do her kind of homework everyday. Some of that homework was watching videos:
- Story Structure - Dan Wells
- Save the Cat - Blake Snyder
Thank you Lisa! I'll do the work!
So I did it!! I traveled 650 miles from Los Angeles, CA to Provo, UT in my Honda Civic. I have the mileage clips to prove it! This is my journey from home to the hotel and back. I'll be blogging about the conference itself in the next week and tell you about each presenter! But for now, here's my goofy video on the way there!
Oh my gosh!! The day is here! I'm driving off to Utah for The Writer's Life Conference and I'm so excited!!
First, it was for a good cause, a donation for cancer and second one of my hubs favorite author's would speak--Larry Correia. So off I go, thanking whoever sent the link (probably Larry) that sent the idea into my hubs head to send me to a writer's conference!
Let me count my lucky stars!! I'll be sure to blog about it next week!!