C is for Conferences…

letter-c-iconC is for Conferences. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few writing conferences since January and this is a perfect time to share with you some nuggets of knowledge that I gained. I hope you enjoy.

Dreams 
If dreams have been a source of story ideas for you here are four ways to access your subconscious.

  1. Dozing thought- read what you wrote, reflect on research etc.
  2. Go to bed
  3. Think about it again just as you are waking up.
    3a. Lie there and just be as you are waking.
  4. Write it down in a notebook

Contracts
This is such a messy business and one that I know a lot of us are nervous about dealing with. I hope I have some helpful tips for you.

  • Sample contracts slanted to writers can be found online at SFWA.
  • Sample contracts slanted to the movie industry can be found online at Writers Guild of America.
  • Pick up a copy of Black’s Law pocket dictionary
  • There is no such thing as a standard contract. Each agency has a specific contract and even ones for specifics authors.
  • Make sure to be prepared!
  • It’s okay to turn down a contract if it’s not going to be good for you in some way.
  • Don’t make bad decisions that just end up hurting you in the future.

Worldbuilding
This was a panel discussion that I attended and I thought it was done very well!

  • Get a notebook or open up Word and mudsling ideas. Make sure to pair them down. (Always bounce off others.)
  • Free Association- Don’t edit yourself. This is called spitballing.
  • You don’t have to be alone. Have brainstorming sessions with others.
  • Trust your subconscious. Be open to new ideas. Study science and watch documentaries.
  • Sometimes one-liners can become a whole series.
  • When you are driving turn off the technology and day dream. Create new worlds in the silence.

Here is another post you may find interesting that is related. What makes a good writing conference?

Have you been to a conference recently? If so, do you have any nuggets of wisdom to share?

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8 Responses

  1. pamela skjolsvik says:

    I think I sent you an email instead of commenting. Ha! I wrote about conferences today too. Which ones did you attend?

    • R.K. Grow says:

      No problem Pamela. I went to an iWriteNetwork day workshop in January and then went to LTUE in February. The next one I’ll be going to is LDS Storymakers. What about you? Did you learn something of value at your last conference?

  2. Julia King says:

    I’ve been to a few writing conferences. One of the things I learned from one of them that stuck out to me the most was “If you want to be published, you must have critique partners.” It is imperitive that more than just the authors eyes are viewing the manuscript. Otherwise, the book will never be as polished as it needs to be.

    Anyway, Rebekah, I look forward to seeing you at LDStorytellers. Hugs

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Julia that is so important! You need to have people reading your books. Have you find a writing group yet in SLC? I’m behind on looking at posts today. I look forward to what I’ll find tonight.

      See you soon! And Happy Birthday soon!

  3. Ruby Young says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed your post. I am a dreamer… dream every night and sometimes tie them into my writing. I remember what I dream and it is always in color. Oh, and I am not into going to conferences, but that’s okay. Best regards to you, my friend. Ruby

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Thanks for coming by Ruby. I think that is awesome that you always remember what you dream. I do if it’s really vivid and scary or emotional. I have a few short stories I’ve written from dreams. Not sure what’s there yet. Sometimes conferences can be a waste of time and sometimes they are a gold mine. I guess it’s up to us to find a golden nugget. What is your site Ruby? I’d love to drop by.

  4. Alana says:

    Great tips! I especially appreciate the links and info on contracts.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com
    Cheering you on from A through Z!

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Hi Alana. Thanks for dropping by. I’ve been to your site a few times. I love it. I just followed by email. This has been a fun challenge to participate in.

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