Adventures at the Writer’s Workshop // +Writing Update


I got the wonderful opportunity to go to a Young Writer’s Workshop in Minneapolis this week, and I thought I would share with you my great experience! (That’s also my reason for posting late this week. I’ll give a little update, but I’m tired, guys…It was a busy week. 😉 )

It was no Realm Makers, but it was still a lot of fun! I now have a notebook chockfull of helpful notes, and I plan on turning a lot of them into posts with tips about writing, for you lovely bloggers. 🙂

Another highlight, was that I got a one-on-one critique with…guess who? Shannon Hale! She was so sweet, and I was so grateful that I got the time with her. She read the first three pages of my prologue from Imprint and she told me I was a skilled writer. Yeah, I was happy for most of the day. ^_^ (Of course, I wasn’t picked to have the editors look over my work, but hey. I’m not mad.)

Other fun things were listening to Wayne Thomas Batson talk in a class about themes in your novel, which was super enlightening and helpful because I’m horrible at working those into my books. XD

I was also in Sabaa Tahir’s writing sessions and I learned a lot about story structure, worldbuilding, and how to get your book published, (hint, you need an agent.)

And lastly, I was in a wonderful critique group with four other writers and we wrote notes on each others writings and it was extremely insightful and I feel I got a lot out of it.

Anyway, that was my experience in a nutshell. But since you’re all probably dying to know…

Crown of Thorns – 16,053 words

Yeah…I fell behind quite a bit. You wouldn’t think a workshop on writing would distract you so much from…writing. But it did. And now I have to deal with the consequences. XD

Pickpocket – …

How about we don’t speak of this. I don’t really know where I was planning on taking this, so I’m only at like…1,000 words? Maybe more? I don’t know, it’s fallen a bit to the wayside. But I’m okay with that, because I’m having a lot of fun with the other outlines, and that’s really all I wanted to do. To have fun. 😉

Wanted for Time – 2,426 words

Still painful to write, but I’m loving it all the same. Drilidric is my little precious but I just…*dons evil authoress crown* It must be done.

Breakthrough – 3,459 words

This one’s made a wee bit more process. It’s been fun, these backstories, but also kind of sad and…painful. XD Whatever, it all works out in the end. I just have to keep reminding myself. 😛

All other projects have yet to be started. Still. But it’s cool. I gave myself permission to work on them, but that doesn’t mean I will. I probably will eventually, but this week is not that week.

Yeah, so that was a little smidgen of an update. Are any of you going to any writer-related events this summer? (*cough*Realm Makers?*cough*) I hope you’re all having a lovely June thus far! ^_^



6 responses to “Adventures at the Writer’s Workshop // +Writing Update”

  1. *sobs because I would love to go to Realm Makers and meet ALL MY AMAZING FRIENDS but am not* Ahem. XD That sounds like a super fun and helpful workshop you went to!! 😀 EEP WHAT FUN! AAHH THAT’S SO COOL ABOUT SHANNON HALE! And Wayne Thomas Batson!! And congrats on your continued JuNo stuff as well! Writerly stuff definitely distracts from writing but sometimes it’s SO worth it. 😉 Best of luck on your writing, m’dear, and thanks for sharing! ^_^

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    1. *sobs with you because I would also like to go but am also not* XD It was really great!! I learned so much about the publishing world, editors, agents, all that good stuff. 🙂 I KNOW RIGHT?! SHE WAS SO AMAZINGLY SWEET. 😀 Yes!! He’s amazing too!! Thank you! Funny how that happens, right? But you’re right, it is definitely worth it. ^_^ Thank you ever so much, and thanks for stopping by! ❤

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  2. whatttt shannon hale is one of my favorite authors! girl, it sounds like you’re grinding & making your dreams come true! go you! ❤

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    1. Isn’t she amazing? 😀 Haha, thank you! Just taking little steps, working towards my goals. 😉


  3. Oooo, that conference sounds like it was really fun! And that’s so cool that you got to meet Shannon Hale!! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

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    1. It was really fun!! She was super nice and encouraging! 🙂 Yeah, I’ll have to share some tips and stuff I learned sometime.


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