Last weekend I had the mind-blowing experience of attending the “Life, the Universe, and Everything” (LTUE) sci/fi fantasy writers conference. Networking opportunities like these don’t come my way often and it’s great to be able to shake hands with some of the local writing icons. Some of my favorites include writing team Tracy and Laura Hickman, David Wolverton, and Howard Taylor.
Here are some of the take home messages that resonated with me:
1. If you plan on writing a series or multiple books with the same characters and world, it is important to create a book bible to collect all the information about characters, concepts, and places. Each time a new fact is presented, whether it be about a character, setting, or something else, a note is made in the bible. When it’s time to return to that idea or place then you have some reference notes. This is a lifesaver for maintaining continuity and consistency.
2. Point of view is far more than deciding whether to use 1st person or 3rd person, you must also consider which characters situation is going to create the most resonance for the reader. Usually the POV character is the one who has the most to lose in a scene. However, a huge amount of sympathy can be generated in the reader if the POV is a character who has a deep emotional connection to the character in trouble.
3. Writing is 10% skill and 90% good habits. It doesn’t matter how good you are at writing if the words never get to the page. Those stories don’t do anyone any good if they stay locked in a file somewhere. Writing, refining, and publishing and the three keys to achieving success in the writing world.
In the weeks to come I’ll share notes from some of my favorite sessions.
Until then –