Happy Mother's Day all you mothers out there!
This last weekend, I spent my time with the most wonderful people on earth. WRITERS! Yep, those elusive folks who sit at their computers all day and all night and never come out except to teach their exciting classes! The Storymaker's conference was fantastic and I learned so much. Actually, what I learned was how much I still don't know, when I thought I knew a lot.
I had two favorite classes. Elana Johnson's, on query letter writing, and let me just say, I thought my query was pretty good until I went to her class. I've totally revamped it now. Dave Wolverton's class taught me that we need to figure out our biorhythms.
That means, figure out when you write best and when you critique best. I found that my biorythms are very similar to his. I write best early in the day until about noon or one in the afternoon. Then my right brain shuts down and doesn't want to work anymore. I can still write later in the day, but it feels more like a push than an easy slide. It's in the afternoon that my left brain picks up and I do well critiquing and fixing. I'll have to play with it a bit, but I think that is how it works for me.
I can't write in the evenings at all. If I do, my work appears to have come from a blathering idiot. And neither side of my brain works after ten pm. I know people who think my brain doesn't work at any time of day. =) (that would be my husband and kids)
All the classes were wonderful, but those two stand out in my mind. And it's Mother's Day, so I'm gonna go now and get pampered!