Thank you to everyone who responded to yesterdays first ever Writing Prompt Wednesday. I know I showed a bit of rudeness early on by saying I was disappointed in the response, and for that I want to apologize. I realize you all have lives and responsibilities. From that point on I tried to take the stance that even if WPWs mean only getting myself to write, they are worth it. And that is still where I stand. So participate if you like, and please enjoy reading the works of those who do! I already found one new blog yesterday: Multi-coloured Imagery.
Enough said on that...What is next on my mind today?
Another new blog has popped up with a great question: if you could write up a mystery writer's wish-list, what kinds of learning opportunities would be on it? The blog is Deadly Letters GTA and the proprietor is a new follower. I encourage you to head over and answer the question there...
...but it brings me to another discussion here. Conferences. Do you enjoy them? Do you go to them? As a writer, what do you look for?
I attended my first writer's conference when I was barely a month into the biz. I had an idea for a book/series and the conference happened to be in my hometown, barely ten minutes from my parents house. Perfect: no hotel needed, childcare taken care of. As it turned out, Killer Nashville was a great conference, both as a starter and as a mystery conference in general. I highly recommend it and will be going back this year (guest of honor will be Jeffery Deaver). But, this year I'll be looking for very different things than I did in my first experience.
On the first go around, I attended writer's craft symposiums and book PR speeches. With a few blood spatter and psychopath spots thrown in, I rounded out the conference mostly concentrating on the practice of becoming a writer. But now I've been at it for a while. And I have you all. We discuss these things all the time! So what will I be looking for next? And will my choice of conferences change because of it? I think so.
But where will I go? I don't have a complete book to pitch. Maybe by August, but probably not. That actually brings up a good question: At what point do you pitch your book? How many chapters must you have? Fully formed idea? First chapter all the way to last?
Ok, so lots of questions here. Take your pick! And which conferences are you attending this year?