I walked away with a whole bunch of information, new friendships, and a whirlwind of revision ideas to apply to my work. But here are some of the highlights.
1. The kidlit writing community totally rocks.
2. Most series start out as one book and slowly build from there. So leave some open- ended plot lines and unanswered questions that can be developed down the road. Just in case.
3. R.L. Stine wrote all his books with his pointer finger. #Arthritisanyone?
4. Elision is a fancy MFA term that just means subtext. Okay it might mean a bit more than that but its using sensory details, body language etc. to create the illusion of reality. #fancytalk
5. When speaking or writing, if you get emotionally indulgent and go on about yourself or your character and stray off topic, you lose the interest of your reader/listener.
6. To succeed means to fail. Even successful authors have had the plug pulled on a series that didn’t make it. #encouraging
7. The only way to get published and reach your dreams is to DO THE WORK.
8. Never go to a conference that does not sell Starbucks in the lobby.
Obviously some were more serious than others. I mean not having excellent coffee at a writer’s conference is like breaking the first commandment. And some of those tips I could write a blog post on. #nextweekmaybe
If you go to conferences, what are the two biggest reasons you attend?