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Get to Work on that Novel, Tension on Every Page!

April 13, 2011

Donald Maass

Another mind-blowing session at the Donald Maass workshop this morning.  Today he led us through developing subplots that layer and enrich the story, but only after we delved into the mind of our antagonist with minute detail.   I can’t wait to flesh out my ideas and notes.  I feel privileged to be able to immerse myself for a full week in this writing environment.  I am going to pocket these skills, carry them with me to Idaho, where I can recreate this intensive workshop feeling on a daily basis. 

After yesterday’s session, I worked on my manuscript some, did the homework assignment and then hit the trail for a run.  I ended up logging more than 6 miles as I searched for the entrance to a trail up the mountain behind me.  I love running in new places, especially when I stop and ask a local for directions and have a lovely little human

Running path next to my hotel

moment.  By the time I returned, cooled down and showered, it was dinner time.  Then, after only a short interval, it was time to meet with the critique group I was assigned to.  I am fascinated by the varied storied that writers imagine, that said, it is a challenge to pull my nose out of my own work and enter into another writer’s world, especially in a scene in the middle of a novel.  The comments are enlightening though, the different takes each reader has when reading the same exact passage.  The wide and varied tastes of us humans is what allows so many different types of books to be loved.  Hooray for this! 

Fellow Writers

That said, I realize that I need to get out more, in a literary sense.  There are all these fascinating sounding genres that I never even consider, yet when the author speaks of their story with the light in their eyes, it makes me wonder how much I have been missing.

In just a short half hour, I will be meeting with my first one on one session with an editor.  Wish me luck!

Rebecca Rose, novelist

More wirters, many ideas

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011 10:26 pm

    Good luck! Sounds like a great writing conference. How did you decide to go to this one? I’m going to look into going to one soon.

  2. April 14, 2011 12:07 am

    Hi Kati – I found out about Donald Maass when I went to the San Francisco Writers Conference. I took his microtension class and left with my mind going a hundred miles an hour. I went home and searched for a workshop given by him. He has a book called “Writing the Breakout Novel” that I highly recommend. In fact this workshop is an intensive about this very premise. What do you write?

  3. April 14, 2011 4:09 am

    Sounds like your Aires ‘sponge’ is working well.

  4. Eva permalink
    April 14, 2011 7:54 pm

    Good luck Momma! I have all the faith in your talent. 🙂

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