Creativity Unleashed

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During our current M&M Writers Conference for 2016, I was fortunate to meet so many new writer friends. We all have one thing in common…creativity. One writer, Mary Buckham, who was our featured Craft Speaker on Sunday, October 2, 2016, kept all of us in the active setting with neat body language skills for all of our characters. Even ones we had going strong, there were ways to make them memorable, not in what they said, but how they moved and gave off body language to the readers.

She gave us the opportunity to keep in touch via her newsletters. There were so many handouts for future study and looking toward new avenues of writing. Here it is almost the end of October 2016, and I am getting around to reading all of the fantastic information from all of our Guest Speakers. After such a conference, it takes a while to deflate and then go back through everything with a fresh look on how to include these wonderful ideas.

As writers, we all need creative people around us. We need to bounce ideas back and forth and see which ones work for OUR CHARACTERS. As in real life, we need to give our characters the opportunity to expand and see different sides of themselves. Sounds like they are real people, and aren’t they? Each word, paragraph, page we write, makes our characters come alive and real, not only to our readers, but to us as writers. They have been created by the writer and we know them intimately, Except…there are times when the character and the writer do not click. Guess who takes over?

We create the second we walk out into the real world and notice all the opportunities for new stories. We also need encouragement from our fellow writers, and focus on the story we are building with our characters.

Thank you, Mary Buckham, for letting me use some of your quotes to share with a lot of readers and writers. The first one is from Mary:  “Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten, including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it…”

And from Chris Buillbeau…”You must drop the need to be liked if you want an extraordinary life.”

Michael Crichton give this out…”If you never begin, you’ll never know what could have happened if you tried.”

Thanks Mary, for sharing your writing and ideas with all of us. Now, you can begin a new chapter with creative characters, moving characters, and characters full of life. You can catch Mary at http://www.MaryBuckham.com.

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HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY YOU.  HAPPY OCTOBER. (AND THIS IS NOT A TRICK FOR HALLOWEEN….JUST A TREAT FOR ALL OF YOU.)

Do You Believe in Luck?

What a question to throw at readers? Does this include superstitions or just how we look at luck. Just how you look at luck. Superstitions have been handed down by our family members for many years. True, it is important to look at them and get a sense of your past history and family, but they are not your own.
Luck on the other side of the coin, so to speak, is YOUR thoughts about your life and what can make it better for you. This has nothing to do with what you know of past history, but it is how you make YOUR history work for you.
One of the first things I expect all of you to look at is….people feel lucky when they expect the best things out of life and themselves.  In other words, if you believe in yourself, you are more motivated to keep pushing forward to reach your goal.  Sure, you may have your own lucky charm and there is nothing wrong with this. It is a symbol that represents your possibilities to ‘jump over the rainbow’. And if this makes you feel better, hey go for it. For some, it is wearing the big “R” color (red), or something outlandish from their normal ho-hum styles. For guys, it might be the ‘power’ suit, or the outlandish tie that makes a statement for them.
It does not matter as long as it makes you feel active about your expectations. You’ve gotta go out there and make your own statement. Hard? Pardon me, but it can be damn hard.
Your luck comes from YOU, and you need to let people know who you are. Some days, and I’m speaking both male and female, you want to come out of your norm and shock people. For females, this might mean a new style you’ve never tried like short skirts, tank tops, and jeans, tight jeans. For males, it might be just a step away from suits, ties, stuffy outfits, and into cutoffs, jeans with small (very small) holes and no shined loafers. These examples are not for the faint of heart, but it gives you an explanation for some of the boundaries we have gotten ourselves hooked on. We are not carbon copies of each other and what works for one, may not work for another, and the list goes on and on and on.
This has to be something for you to try to make yourselves stand out in a crowd. Lucky people are not afraid to start conversations with strangers. This is called ‘networking.” Get outside your comfort zone and experience new avenues. It is not always easy to talk to strangers, but you just may find your special needle in that haystack. What you need is to stretch out of your comfort zone, check out other avenues, and trust your gut.
When the day is done and you relax, think of the new world you have entered. Hey, you’ve still got tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow to check things out. Uncertainty is a situation is what we writers strive to achieve. Because with uncertainty, we can change the whole outlook on life, love, and chapters.

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 Patricia says, Happy Writing, Happy Journeys, and Happy Happenings to all of you.

MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS

On Fire

This is what it feels at the conference and makes you want to keep the fire burning until the next conference. Yep, the Georgia Romance Writers  and their great Committee for 2016, held the M&M Conference, INSPIRED…WRITING YOUR LIFE CHANGING NOVEL… from 9/29 – 10/02 2016, and inspired we were.

We celebrated the Maggie Award of Excellence Finalists, in both published and unpublished writers. Roxanne ST Claire, published and well-known author, was our Keynote Speaker. Jennifer McQuiston , GRW Featured Speaker, who now lives in Atlanta, and we received great information, not only on veterinarian, but always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks.  Mary Buckham, gave us our last big Craft Workshop. She has her characters set in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fantasy, and really where they want to go. Then, we had the opportunity to make pitches to agents and editors. Our Conference offered us opportunities to pitch to Laura Bradfore, Nicole Resciniti, Cat Clyne, Patience Bloom, Elizabeth Poteet, and Stehanie Doig. These are not listed in any particular order, only to let you know the wide variety we were given the chance to offer our pitches.

Registration and Trivia started on the first night, and the opportunities to learn new writing procedures, make old writing procedures new with thoughts and techniques.

We had a huge celebration on Saturday night with a Book Signing, cocktail hour, and the Maggie Awards for Excellence.

On Sunday morning, after a Continental Breakfast, Mary Buckham gave us three hours of Active Setting and Body Language. It was one of those learning processes that makes me stare at people and their positions.

Writers from all over came to our conference. I met writers from New York, Chicago, ST. Louis, Miami and these are just a few. Our Conference has grown in size, opportunities with the great staff that puts all this together.

I came home saturated with thoughts, ideas, and most of all, the renewal of writing. It is when you hand write, or put your fingers on the computer keys and see words form into thoughts, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and more chapters that you are fulfilled and keep those words filling the page.

To all of you who put this big conference together, to all of you who attended, and to all who came as a first time attendee, mark your calendar for 2017. May you be INSPIRED to continue your writing journey and who knows, this may be your ‘LIFE CHANGING NOVEL.’

HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY YOU.  HAPPY CHANGES.  HAPPY LIFE.