I love words, but sometimes those words have to be changed. Lots of writers hate re-writing, and indeed it can be a challenge, especially if you are making seismic changes–turning your story inside out, or changing the character of the character. Yes, you read that right. My recent attendance at the Mystery Writers Conference inspired me to do some major re-writing. It’s both scary and exciting, because now I have some wonderful new ideas which I can weave into my mystery. Stay tuned. I’m sure the final effort will be worth it.
Four the past four days I attended the Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, which is a little north of San Francisco. It’s the third time I’ve attended in about six years. I always find it so inspiring. There are many well-known authors who form the faculty of this event. The conference covers every possible subject from plotting to polishing your manuscript. Although much of it was not new to me as I’ve been writing for some time and have won awards, there are always some take-aways. The biggest for me was that I was advised in a consult with my favorite agent to revise the sequence of the book. I may do that, and that is huge, but will make the book more exciting!
Doug Lyle and Isabel Allende speaking at conference participants.
Famous writers Laurie King and Cara Black chatting at the break.
Hello Friends and Followers, I am on a roll again, and about half-way through the first draft of a sequel to the Gwen Harris detective series. The first book is called A Sleuth in Sausalito; this second book is A Sleuth in San Rafael. I’m excited because this book is not just a who-done-it, but why. It’s a pyschological thriller, in the manner of my Mother Lode. More to come; I’ll keep you posted!
In addition to writing novels, I write plays. In fact I’ve been writing plays since I was in
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grade school. A couple of them have had professional productions on the East Coast.
In the last few weeks my cast and I toured Marin and Sonoma County retirement homes with “On with the Wind”, a short comedy that takes place in a retirement home, while seniors try to watch an old version of “Gone with the Wind” . The tape breaks, personality issues erupt. There’s a love triangle. Lots of fun with a stellar cast.
I can’t handle any liquor.
It takes a village . . .
Like a lot of writers, I want to write and spend a minimal amount of time on marketing. But at some point, if we want to be visible beyond our comfort zone, we have to do something with the big M. So I am starting a well-reputed program which should give me a lot of emails which in turn, should lead to sales. At least that’s the theory. So I’m pretty excited about this. I’ll let you know how it turns out in future blogs. . .
Readings have always been a good bet for me. I’m comfortable speaking before an audience, and readings have led to book sales for me. So that’s another way of marketing. Any writers out there who’ve made a killing with Social Media? It’s not been anything I do often, but you could change my mind.
Reading for “Driven to Rage” in San Francisco.
Christmas Party last week
Happy Holidays, everyone.
I hope everyone will find something meaningful in the days to come. I will be traveling to the Midwest to visit my brother and sister. I will fly in to Detroit on December 23rd, and then drive with my brother to my sister’s in Cleveland. I am looking forward to this reunion with my siblings. If possible, we’ll catch up with my grandson in Columbus. Then back to Michigan where I will spend a few days with old friends. Many of you know I lived in lower Michigan most of my life. Part of my heart still lives there.
Remember, books make great holiday gifts!