STATUS: I’ve had many rounds of civilized tea this morning.
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? BEDS ARE BURNING by Midnight Oil
The worst thing you an do when traveling abroad is to succumb to the desire to go to sleep right away on arrival.
The trick to acclimating is to suck it up, stay awake, and try not to hit the pillow until about 7:30 or 8 pm. Then go to sleep and you are, more or less, on schedule for the rest of the trip.
Easier said than done really.
So I rang up Kelley Armstrong who had been on our same flight down. I figured she was valiantly doing the same thing and we could combine forces by going out to dinner.
Can’t say I was the liveliest conversationalist but I think she’ll forgive me. We talked about giving workshops. I’m doing the Agent Reads The Slush Pile workshop tomorrow. As you blog readers know, I always start with a big disclaimer. That 99.9% of what I see during the workshop will not be ready for an agent to see.
Never stops folks though. I think deep down in writers’ hearts, they are hoping to be discovered.
Kelley mentioned the same happens to her when she gives writing workshops. She always begins with her disclaimer that she can’t get any of her writer students published. They are hopeful all the same.
She also mentioned that beginning writers will often suppress their natural voices as they become so focused on the mechanics of writing. In short, one’s voice can be critique workshopped out of them if the writer has a quirky style etc. Often times her job is to allow new writers permission to discover their voice again. (Now it’s not to say you ignore craft mechanics, any good writer is going to figure out how to manage both.)
But since I don’t ever teach writing per se, I thought that was pretty interesting and something new writers need to be aware of.