C 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.
If dreams have been a source of story ideas for you here are four ways to access your subconscious.
- Dozing thought- read what you wrote, reflect on research etc.
- Go to bed
- Think about it again just as you are waking up.
3a. Lie there and just be as you are waking.
- Write it down in a notebook
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.
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?