Many years ago I learned to teach classes for myself—the teacher usually learns more than the students.
At the HACWN writer’s conference in Overland Park, Kansas this year, I presented a workshop to encourage others.
LIONHEARTED ENCOURAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS
Fresh inspiration for the fearful
Motivation for the rejected
Ideas for the brain dead
Hope for the unpublished
And yes, I needed encouragement. Not that I don’t write, but too often I slip back into the “write for self” not an editor—the skits for church, the newsletters for family, and the publications on my website. Nothing too tough and few submissions that might be rejected.
After the close of my workshop, I felt inspirited to tackle more difficult projects. Two books—one finished before spring. In order to encourage others, I asked them to write goals and be accountable. If I expect it of the students, I better manage my own time and share what I’ve accomplished, also.
My WIP excites me. It will get me out of bed on those gloomy winter days because I’ve got to see where the story goes. This is more than putting words on paper, I’ve got to bring characters to life.
The author of “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck said, “If you are using dialogue — say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.” Makes me giggle to think about it—such fun for a cold winter day.
What about you? What are your winter goals?
How do you breathe life into your characters—fiction or non-fiction?