My Writing Book of the Day: Word Magic, by Cindy Rogers. Forget structure. Forget first drafts. Think specific words and phrases. That’s where magic happens, and Cindy is your guide. The chapter on implication is one of my favorites. Through examples, exercises, explanation, and quotation, you learn how to imply so much more in your words than what you actually say. That’s a solid gold skill for every writer working within short word counts!?(I’m sharing a favorite writing book every day for a bit in case you need ideas for your holiday gift list–or want to buy a gift for yourself!)
Setting Goals at Conventions
I’ve blogged about generosity at conventions and also about “Is it worth it for a writer to go to IRA?” (or any of the big conventions). Today I want to share something else that makes big conventions more meaningful to me: goals.
When I’ve attended IRA or ALA or NCTE without concrete goals, I’ve still had a great time. But I haven’t put myself out there as much. When I set very specific goals, I force myself to things I need to do but am not comfortable doing. Here are my goals from Las Vegas! (Excuse the fuzziness.)
My goals mostly had to do with connecting.
#1–2 I want to present more at conventions like this, with other poets and writers, but also with educators. But I don’t know how educators hook up with writers! So I wanted to ask around about that and also find out if it was kosher to ask about this on the forum for NCTE members.
#3 I always take tons of rack cards, postcards, etc. But sometimes I take just as many home.
#4?My editor at Clarion went to the digital production side of things a while back. So I wanted to find out who my agent should send future manuscripts to. I knew Publisher Dinah Stevenson would be there and that she would be the perfect person to ask.
#5 I wrote two names down of specific people to say hi to because I knew for sure they would be there. These were people to whom I had been introduced last year at NCTE and/or people who had advocated for BookSpeak! over the past year.?(I ended up connecting with about 8 people in this category at various sessions. It was tough going up afterward and saying hi, reminding them of who I was or introducing myself, etc., but I did it. Yay!)
I’m happy to say I crossed all five goals off my list. And I know I wouldn’t have pushed myself to do these things without my little list guilting me into it:>)