Only a few words today, and those with pencil. (bonus points to anyone who gets the reference).
As you may know, I’m in Vegas for a writing retreat organized by my friend E.F. Kelley. We’re heading into Day Two and, so far, I have to say: Yes. Though several of us have not met before in person, the group dynamic is clicking very well, the feedback provided on previously submitted works has been substantive and insightful…and, of course, it’s Vegas. So, there’s good food and plenty of inspiration to be found on what is (let’s face it) essentially an alien planet.
In addition to crits of work by Lou Berger, George Galuschak, and Hallie Rulnick, we had a rousing discussion of the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Underdevelopment of villains came up a lot, and we talked about the five writing cards, two of which every writer is given and three of which they must learn (plot, character, setting, prose, and dialogue). Also, we stuffed ourselves full of tasty food (Bouchon Bistro for an obscene breakfast that included pastries AND pomme frites, Earl of Sandwich for yummy lunch, and Sage restaurant for fancy dinner).
I’m up for critique this morning on an excerpt and synopsis of my novel Absent. I’m really looking forward to getting help on shaping up the characterizations (especially my protagonist’s motivations and needs/wants) and the direction of the second half of the plot. We’ll also take a look at Catherine Schaff-Stump’s novella excerpt “Were-Humans,” a short story from Danielle LeFevre, and – time permitting – do a plot session on E.F.’s novel. Tonight: Cirque du Soleil.
I’ll try to pop in for a an update on Sunday when things wrap themselves up. Till then, have a great weekend! I know I will.