Happy Saturday. While you are reading this post, I’m attending a writer’s conference. More about that later, but first, you know, we must do the reading update. What are we reading? So, I finished Karen White’s Flight Patterns–a totally amazing book. Well written, so intricate in plot and emotion–I can’t get enough! And I’m still reading Jesus Among the Secular Gods by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. I’ve reread chapters a couple of times, trying to wrap my mind around the facts. Yes, facts. :) So, I’m about to start another fiction book and we’ll update on that in October. :)
As I stated earlier, I am at a writer’s conference today. It’s the annual Moonlight and Magnolia Conference put on by the Georgia Romance Writers. Their contest, the Maggie Contest for published and unpublished work is highly respected in the romance world. I’m not a finalist this year, but I have friends who are. The awards dinner is always fun, followed by a dance with a DJ.
It’s always great to connect with people I haven’t seen in a while, and also, connect with other authors. And readers. It’s always amazing to hang in an environment of like-minded people. They get where you are coming from. I’m thrilled to be able to attend this year. I know it will do me a world of good. Conferences are so inspiring.
Speaking of inspiring, don’t you love a good book that inspires? I know I’ve talked before of reading a great book and it inspires me to write a (hopefully) better book myself. There’s something about words on a page that when put together in an amazing fashion can inspire. This includes all kinds of books.
I’m going to tell you a story. So a while back, I’m saying maybe 10 years ago, before I received a writing contract. I was at a conference in Denver. A RWA conference. I was roaming around the bookstore where I met a gal, Allison Pittman. :) She had published her first book, (which I read and it was amazing!) and she and I struck up a conversation. She pointed out James Scott Bell’s book, Plot and Structure. She told me how awesome the book was. I bought it and took it home and put it in my TBR pile. (I know you’ve all done the same thing.)
So fast forward a while, maybe a year or so. I was at a low point in writing. A really low point. I’d been doing the thing for years, a few contest wins and places, but no contract. I kept getting interesting feedback, I guess you could say. I was switching from third person to first person–getting flack about that. It had all come to a head and I decided that I just didn’t have “it.” You know, the natural thing folks must have to write a book. I also thought what I lacked couldn’t be learned.
One day, when I pretty much had decided to give the whole thing up, I picked up the plot and structure book that I had bought at that conference. Oh, my! On the first page, the introduction page, was my dilemma. The big lie—writing can’t be taught. Ha! On page 2, James Scot Bell told me that writing CAN be taught.
I devoured that book! Loved it. When I finished the book I was working on my reward was his book, Revision and Self-Editing. I mean the minute I typed the end, I got in the car, drove to the bookstore, (who had 1 copy left!) and bought the book.
Why am I telling you this story? Because no matter what happens, if you are meant to write you will. Or skate, or whatever it is that you love to do. Don’t ever give up. Surround yourself with people who love what you love. I’m excited that next month I’ll have a project to share! But until then, do what you love surrounded by the people that love it as well!
Jill Weatherholt says
Plot and Structure was one of my first craft books, Lindi. Of course now I have thirty or more, but that book remains my go to reference. Enjoy the conference!
Lindi Peterson says
I do love craft books.
Lori Smanski says
Hope you are having a blast. I so agree about surrounding yourself with others who love the same passion. This is what I do with quilting. And when I get down or feel like it is worthless, (even my husband and kids cant persuade me to continue) going to others with the same passion who have been where I am really helps. Great post. Thanks for being transparent and willing to share
Lindi Peterson says
Quilting! Beautiful. I love them, but her never quilted. ;) thank you for making beautiful things for the world.
Valerie Comer says
Have a GREAT conference! I’ve read a lot of craft books, and JSB’s Plot and Structure is probably the only one I’ve read at least three times.
Lindi Peterson says
I’m with you. About to read it again.
I can feel your enthusiasm in this post! Thank you for the reminder, Lindi! Hope you’re enjoying the conference.
Jackie Smith says
Hope you enjoy the conference, Lindi!!!
Fun post! And I love books by Ravi Zacharias! I’m looking forward to what you share next month.
Thanks for the post. I don’t write but you said never give up on what your dream is! Now I have to figure out what that is since I retired! Thanks again!
Thanks for your encouragement!
Hope you’re having fun at the conference!! I’m not a writer but encourage all you authors out there to keep up the great work!
Melanie D. Snitker says
A great post. Have a wonderful time at the conference!
Linda Herold says
Your post oozes positivity! Thanks for sharing!
Donna McCoy says
Loved reading your post. You are a very positive person. I wished I were more like you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us. God Bless.
Whoohoo Lindi!! I’d say you “found” the book again at just the right time :-) Here’s to a fresh wind of inspiration in your writing!