Friday, October 18, 2013

Feeding the Fire

Today I'm off to a workshop, "Dynamics of Character," which will be led by agent Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management. I'm so excited! Workshops always tend to juice up my writing heart. I've been working hard on my novel, and a workshop on character will give me an extra boost! Plus I'll get to see my SCBWI-WWA writing buddies!

This week I also have critique group. Checking in with crit partners Margaret Nevinski and Jennifer Mann is always motivating. Their feedback, support, and wisdom are priceless to me--and the snackage at meetings isn't so bad, either. But the good food is just a perk! I swear!

How about you? What keeps you inspired?

12 comments:

Steven J. Wangsness said...

I get most of my inspiration from reading good books. And the occasional epiphany.

Medeia Sharif said...

I get inspired by good books and being among other writers. I hope you had a wonderful time.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Steven! Yes, great books! And epiphanies are always helpful!

Thanks, Medeia! I had such a great time! Yay for being among other writers!

Old Kitty said...

I do hope you've had a great and inspiring and productive time with your workshop and group!! And had lots of great snacks too! Take care
x

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love my CP and betas, but there's no food exchange going on. Hmmm. I think I'm missing out here. :(

I love workshops!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

I'd love to attend some workshops and have crit buddies in the real world but that hasn't happened yet. One day! :) Enjoy!

Dawn Simon said...

Old Kitty, the workshop was fabulous. I'm so impressed with Jill Grinberg. Wow, her clients are fortunate. Crit group isn't until later in the week, but I'm already looking forward to it!

Stina, honestly, the food is just a perk. We don't go overboard with it, and we keep it pretty simple. It really is about the writing. (I just always get excited about food. I yam what I yam.) I love workshops, too!

Hi, Jemi! Workshops are so great, especially when you're mid-project. :)

Barb Davis-Pyles said...

Dawn, I hope the workshop was wonderfully inspiring! What's inspiring me right now is a deadline--biography of Euler due tomorrow! So, back to it! :)

Crystal Collier said...

I hope your workshop was amazing! --And I hear you about the power of amazing critique partners. (And may I add editors.) My editor really gets me motivated--with the laugh out loud session EVERY email brings on. Awesome people rule!

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks, Barb! I'm sure you made your deadline--or are about to since today is not yet over! True: nothing like a deadline to get a fire under one's nether region!

Crystal, I'm so thankful for my crit group. I'm happy for you, having such a great and fun editor!

David P. King said...

Nice! Workshops is like fuel to my writer's fire. Hope you enjoy, learn plenty, and post pics - otherwise it didn't happen. :)

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks, David! I didn't realize the part about the pics! Good to know! Ha!