Saturday, August 20, 2011

Conference workshop...

I've decided that I won't post my notes from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs' workshop. It was called Plotting from the Inside Out and it was fabulous, but I don't want to poach on Susan's intellectual property.

However, I will say that her talk was all about the value of pre-writing time. She suggests using this time to really get to know your characters and their world very well, and that the better you know them, the fewer plotting decisions you'll have to make. What happens will feel inevitable.

And this was my favourite takeaway quote.
Writing a novel is like driving at night. You can only see as far ahead as the headlights show you, but you can make a whole trip that way.

1 comment:

Lacey Devlin said...

I've heard some really great things about Susan's workshop. I really like that quote. Thanks for sharing :-)