Whidbey Island Writers Conference: Day 1 – PM

Thoughts from the Writers Conference

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

This post is just a summary, or actually half a summary of my afternoon chathouse experience on the first day. See Intro and Morning Chathouse here.

Afternoon of the first day, I chose for my chathouse: Roughing it: Guideposts through rough draft territory.

The faculty were Janet Lee Carey and Stefon Mears.I will summarize the six guideposts presented by Stefon first (because he went first). Next week, will be Janet’s six.

1: Goals and deadlines. Nanowrimo gives a goal and a deadline. Some people need this.
An unfinished story is no good to anyone and sometimes setting deadlines and goals
can help you get through the rough draft process.

2: Practice. Musicians practice, painters practice, but it seems only writers are expected to produce complete works without practice. But that’s a lie, and the truth is, every story is practice. And sometimes your practice can make…

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