Advice….Learn as much as possible…

This weekend I am fortunate enough to be attending a two day workshop at the College I attended a million years ago. It’s another writing for children course and I’m very excited to attend; it’s great to meet new authors, have your work critiqued and of course network with like minded people who understand the hurdles of the industry.

I really recommend that aspiring AND published authors take advantage of such programs in their city/community because they’re  an excellent source of ideas, education and fun. At the last workshop I attended I was reminded of so many things that had sort of fallen by the wayside and this caused me to write much more diligently. Sometimes we all need to brush up on our skills a little bit even if we’ve been doing this for years.

I’ll report back  about what I’ve learned over the weekend and share some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration with you to help you become the best writer that you can be!

So take advantage of courses, workshops, free events, classes, talks and meetings in your area…it might lead you to exactly what you need to know or to an idea for your next best seller! Happy Writing!

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An Exercise In Interpretation…

Today’s writing exercise is a little different! We are going to explore our interpretive imaginations by trying to decode a dream. Let’s imagine that someone wrote you a letter explaining their dream and was asking for help in determining it’s message. Please write a response to the person using as much detail as possible. You can choose a response based on whatever profession you choose to pretend to be; whether it’s a clinical psychologist, a fortune teller, a friend or a clairvoyant or you could even make believe that you were an advice columnist for your local newspaper. Ready to have some fun? Let’s begin! Please write a response based on this dream, remember-the reader is asking you for help in determining it’s message.

Dear Pat,

I had the recurring dream again. I stood in an empty field and looked around at the landscape; to my left there was a lush, green forest and to my right there was an unsightly, dead forest filled with rotting trees and ash. Each forest was miles apart and there I stood, squarely in the middle, alone and scared. My heart raced when I heard a sound in the distance and my instinct told me to run; I was being chased. I raced toward the lush green forest, my lungs burned with every laboured breath and my legs felt like cement. I kept looking behind me and saw that the creature was drawing near! Just as I was about to be caught I woke up. This is the third time this week that I’ve had the exact same dream and it’s becoming unnerving.

Please help!

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