|The view at the Millennium from the entry to our conference room|
If you're a writer and not familiar with Desert Sleuths, you really should check them out. They meet in Scottsdale at Grimaldi's Restaurant and offer good food, good company, and tons of information on writing and marketing your novels. You can learn more at their Facebook page.
So what did I take away when the conference was over?
It was something that happened between our keynote speakers, GREGG HURWITZ and HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN. Although each gave a dynamic program, what really touched me was the interview that Hank, who is a seasoned investigative reporter, did with Gregg, a bestselling novelist, screenplay writer, and comic book author.
Somehow the interview turned into a conversation about their individual writing processes. Gregg tends to be free-wheeling, Hank takes a more structured approach. Then it drifted into those magic writing moments that authors seldom talk about anymore -- at least not among themselves. The random phrase that turns into a major theme.The walk-through character who gets thrust into a major role. A sudden idea that gives new heart to the story.
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How about you? Are you in touch with your story magic? If yes, do you have rituals or affirmations that help you build it? Or are you naturally that way? Or have you fallen out of touch and are trying to get back? Feel free to comment with your successes, struggles, and tips for getting the magic back. I also advise you to pencil this wonderful conference onto your 2014 calendar.
So what did I get from Desert Sleuths Write Now! 2013 conference? I had a glimpse of story magic and I snatched it from the air. I plan to keep in touch with it. That's what I took away.
Connie Flynn is a bestselling award-winning author,
who teaches fiction writing at Mesa Community College in Arizona,
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