I missed the Southeastern Writers Conference this year. Money and time restraints would not allow it. Nonetheless, I feel the need to shoutout to the many people with whom I have spent wonderful trips to St. Simon’s Island.
These include but are not limited to:
Emily Sue and Lee Harvey (and family!)
Tim and Sheila Hudson
Cappy Hall Rearick
Zhanna P. Rader
Brian Jay Corrigan (and family!)
Jimmy Carl Harris
Thank you all so much for your guidance, support, and friendships through these last few years. I doubt you know how much of a blessing you have been.
This is taken from a worksheet I received at the SWA Conference last month, and I just had to share. Cheryl Norman’s Novel Writing Class, as you can imagine, was hilarious.
Punctuation is like Sex:
- Commas are not like kisses. They should not be scattered freely among your beloved words.
- Like spouses, exclamation marks should ideally come one per person, per lifetime. (Except in YA, I personally believe.)
- Parenthetical asides are like secrets between friends–not a good idea.
Again, I made this list with the help of a workshop I received in Cheryl Norman’s Novel Writing Class at the Southeastern Writer’s Workshop.
The Top 7 Downfalls of Writers:
- Lack of self-discipline
- Failing to use biological time positively (Ex. Are you a morning person? A night person?)
- Creating distractions/giving in to them
- Failing to finish individual pieces of work
- Failing to set goals that are high enough
- Not honoring one’s own unique material and VOICE
- Failing to acknowledge the duality within the creative person (Ex. Extend yourself! See what you can do.)