Crime Writers Event

May 18, 2010

I had a very enjoyable time at the Crime Writers event last Saturday —  a free event held at the Victoria downtown public library.

As an emerging author, I found the event very informative.

If I had to single out the most helpful aspect of the day it would have to be the Blue Pencil Cafe. I learnt a lot about my writing and how to improve it. I pledge to reduce and will work to eliminate ‘there is’ and ‘well’ from my writing. I will also seek to avoid ‘just’ and ‘really’.

Lou Allin led the workshop — Writing Fiction the Long and Short of It. She shared a variety of techniques and resources for starting, finishing and selling your fiction.

Three panel discussions covered topics such as…

-how to write a successful series.

-exploring good, evil and the nature of the human condition in fiction.

-setting and how it plays a key role in writing a novel.

What I learnt…

-to decide what genre to write look at your bookshelves — write what you love to read.

-to make blogging fun blog with other authors who share your genre. Good examples:  She Writes/ Dorothy L

-by writing thrillers and mysteries the author has the power to right some of the wrongs they see in the world.

-like all authors, thriller and mystery authors must get into the head of their characters — this includes the head of the evil-doer. She must find his humanity. She must discover what drives him. She learns that he doesn’t self-identify as evil but rather he feels that he is forced to act.

-in order to write about a place you must get to know it — you must find its essence. To accomplish this goal, you must live there or visit regularly.

I would encourage all authors to attend events such as this one. Writing is a craft we must continue to develop.

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2 Responses to “Crime Writers Event”

  1. Leanne – What great takeaways you got from the event! I attended the Writer’s Institute at UW-Madison in April and enjoyed the bajeegers out of myself. There were nonfiction and fiction writers alike. It was a great time of sharing and learning. Thank you for sharing with us here, I appreciate it.

    Laurie Buchanan

  2. Your most welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed reading my post. I loved your line “and enjoyed the bajeegers out of myself”. I can’t wait to use my new word — bajeegers. : )
    Off to visit your blog now.

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