Free Events For Writer’s

Kansas City Public Library

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The Mysterious, Hilarious, Frustrating, Rewarding, Wonderful World of Writing

This event was hosted by the Kansas City Public Library. It was a free event for writer’s. Whenever I get the chance I make an effort to attend free events like this. Visitors get a chance to ask questions of authors who are in the business and can give insight in regards to the world of publication.

The authors on the stage were Nancy Pickard and Sally Goldenbaum.

Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning was a best-seller and was named one of the top novels of 2010 by Barnes & Noble, The Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is the author of 17 other novels, many short stories, and a non-fiction book for writers.

Goldenbaum is the author of more than 30 novels, including the Seaside Knitters mystery series. The fifth book in the series, The Wedding Shawl, will be published in May.

What did I learn? Well, nothing I didn’t really already know but I got to ask a question and this experience got me thinking about my manuscript. Here are some things to think about:

  • Go to coffee shops and libraries to write.
  • Get a writing buddy to stay focused and bounce ideas off of each other.
  • Write everyday even if it’s just a few words.
  • Take the time to enjoy your writing and your accomplishments.
  • Know your protagonist before you start your book.
  • Connect with your geographical area before you start writing.
  • Try to plot or create a synopsis even though it may change later.
  • Consider an agent for your fiction. They know the industry.
  • Look at books on the subject of what you are writing.
  • If you decide to self publish be sure to edit very well.
  • Always respect your editor.

Just remember the next time you have an opportunity to attend a free event or even a paid event, do it. It pays to network and get the inside scoop. Happy Writing!