Wednesday, January 2, 2008

What an Excellent Way to Start the Year!

This is the "official" lowdown on the wonderful year-long goings-on over at the Wet Noodle Posse. These ladies are a sterling example of writers helping writers!

The Wet Noodle Posse had such a great time with our month of Golden Heart prep that we're giving away writing month at a time. In addition to book and critique giveaways, join Q&A sessions and read guest blogs from bestselling writers like Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter.

Check out our line-up of topics!

January-Getting Started (goals, choosing story idea, focus, etc.)
February-Character Development (names, physical descriptions, backstory, etc.)
April - Conflict
June-Business side of Writing (market, marketing, promotion, etiquette)
July-Prepping for Conference (both for national and smaller conferences)
August-Inspiration (for stories and for keeping yourself going)
September-Writer Health (physical and mental)
October-GH Preparation
November-Writing Challenges (NaNo, BIAW, turning off the internal editor, etc.)

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And this is what I found over at Word Wenches today:

With the holidays now past us, we Wenches decided we’d welcome in the new year in a new way, with a look at how we each begin a book. There’s no right or wrong way, of course. Not only does every writer have her own method, but every book and set of characters seems to suggest something different as well. During our January blogs, we’ll each post the beginning to one of our favorite books, and explain how and why we chose to start the way we did. We tend to talk more about history and characters than the craft of writing here at the Wenches, so here’s the chance to ask that question you’ve always wondered, from why we opened with the hero’s point of view, or how we chose the historical time period for the setting. We’ll be giving away copies of the featured books to a randomly chosen reply, so please post away.

You've just got to love the generosity of Romance Writers!!!


Tessa Dare said...

Thanks for the tip, Gillian! That's quite a lineup. I love it that romance is so full of published authors willing to help aspiring ones.

Renee Lynn Scott said...

Oh thank you Gillian, this is great!

Alice Audrey said...

An excellent way to start the year indeed! Thanks for the heads-up.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic lineup! I'll definitely be coming by. Thanks for sharing!

Gillian Layne said...

Isn't this just the most supportive genre? It's one of the many reasons I love romance, even if I never did anything other than read it!

skirbo said...

Hiya lady! I love your comment about consistency over on the right of your page. I can definitely relate.


Maggie Robinson said...

Thanks for the heads-up! Now, if I can just stick to a schedule...

And it's so true. Romance people are the best, whether they're writers, readers or both. I could get all mushy about how the romance community changed my life, but I don't have enough Kleenex to go around.

Gillian Layne said...

Hey Sarah and Maggie! Thanks for stopping by.

Yeah, gotta love blogs and individuals who give up their valuable time in order to share their hard-won knowledge with the rest of us :)

Alice Audrey said...

Hi Gillian, whatcha been up to?

Gillian Layne said...

Hi Alice!

I've been revising! It's ugly business. I'm getting really good at pretending a lot of these words couldn't really be mine, and so must need to be chopped.... :)

And remodeling the house. And science projects with the kiddos. And sending hubby back on the road to New England for another work assignment...

Just life! ;)