Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It takes a village to raise a writer

What a week! Critique partners Faith Pray and Jennifer Mann each gave me beautiful direction, for which I'm grateful, early in the week. Thursday night, I zipped over to Seattle Pacific University where Writers House agent Brianne Johnson kicked off the first of this season's SCBWI Western Washington Professional Series Meetings. She returned Friday for manuscript consultations and a delicious, detail-rich talk about writing middle-grade novels. Then, as if my brain wasn't full enough, Field's End hosted bestselling author Ann Hood who shared concrete revision tips at her Saturday lecture, titled "How to be Your Own Best Editor."

Now I need to process and start mining it all as I dig back into my manuscript. I am fired up, bloggy friends! Time to write!

How about you? Has a critique partner, a class, a conference, a workshop, or a book on craft recently given you major help or inspiration? Do tell! Feel free to give a shout-out to your critique partners!

*I should note that if you ever have the opportunity to hear either Brianne Johnson or Ann Hood speak, leap on it!