Well, today was a busy day. And by that, I mean I rolled out of bed at noon, ate an afternoon breakfast, rode my horse (that’s right– she’s recovered enough to the point where I can at least walk around on her bareback! Although her attitude’s another problem….), and then spent the rest of the day on the NextGen Writer’s Conference.
I think I posted the information here a few weeks ago…. basically it’s a free online conference for writers 20 years old and younger– targeted at teenagers. All the speakers (there are 12) are either published writers, editors, or otherwise affiliated with the publishing business.
But the selling point– and what I didn’t realize until things started up this morning– is that every speaker is Christian and gives their writing lectures from a Biblical perspective. How cool is that? Free online Christian teen writers conference. The epitome of awesome.
Today’s talks were on secondary characters, building an authentic story world, making research fun, improving your attitude as a writer, looking at your first five pages and hooking the reader, and then the benefits of different POVs.
Most of them took the form of blog posts, although one was a video and one was a live chat. In each, the author of the post answered all the questions and comments from the participants, usually with more advice. It’s seriously good stuff.
Tomorrow’s talks are on how to create a good manuscript, trying to get published when you’re still a teenager, adding inspiration to your writing, overcoming writer’s block, writing short stories, and thinking outside of the box.
The best part is, even if you missed the first day, it’s not too late to round out the second half. Go here to register– and let me know if you do, because I’ll look for you in the comments!
They’re giving away a bunch of prizes at random– like 5, 10, or even 15-page critiques from published authors. One of the speakers is even giving away a copy of her latest book. All you have to do is comment on a post, and someone will be chosen at random. So head over and sign up! 🙂
On a less awesome note, I’m failing at Camp NaNoWriMo. I have only about 200 words… and my goal for the month was 20k. I could blame it on NextGen, or my biology homework, but I’m really just lazy. For some reason I’m not feeling the motivation I get during NaNoWriMo….. is it because I just picked up a crack novel idea the night before and thought it would be fun to try, without the usual planning? Or because it’s fanfiction, which I usually despise? Or maybe because only a few people I know are doing it, instead of all my friends?
I don’t know. But hopefully I can make up for it in November. I’ve got a lot of fresh ideas from NextGen!