On Wednesday Sept 15, 2010, 40 of us gathered in a giant circle in Santa Monica's Fairview Branch Library Community Room to share our best writing advice. There was so much good stuff, including:
respect your own creative process (whether you think best in the shower, or walking the dog, or doing a jigsaw puzzle!)
writing down your ideas right away because "the creative mind has no memory,"
"don't be afraid of using technology,"
read authors you love to get inspired,
three senses make a scene come alive,
give yourself a deadline,
eavesdrop to improve your dialog,
failure is an option - that's how great strides are made,
record yourself reading your work out loud,
and perhaps most importantly...
Hope to see you at our next schmooze which is going to be about VOICE. And maybe we'll even come up with a definition!
Lee and Rita
Your Westside Schmooze Coordinators