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Hi all, Hope you had a fabulous weekend! I know I did! I had the privilege of being part of a highly intensive, interactive, annual writer’s conference hosted in Guelph Ontario, called Write Canada!

This was my second time going to this conference, but I must say it is highly addictive, leaving you both energized and renewed, with fresh vigor towards your writing goals, as well as leaving exhausted and overwhelmed by the massive amount if content taken in from the varying speakers in their seminars. Not to mention the incredible connections you make, and the opportunity to meet and promote your work to editors, agents and publishers represented at the conference!

It is also amazing to have the opportunity to have your work critiqued and see the areas you need to work on and grow in your writing skills, and to come away with fresh new ideas and new missions toward reaching your goals!

I was extremely thrilled to find out I am already tracking as I should be in my social media circles, building the ever so important platform for my writing. It was also incredibly helpful to get some tips that I have not yet applied, which gives me some great take-away for the next steps in my writing career!

It is awesome to see the opportunities that come out of it, and to hear those words all writer’s long to hear: “Send me a book proposal” for the latest piece of work you are working on, or to submit some articles to a journal, magazine or paper, to get the added exposure in your writing! Those are joyous moments to be sure, accompanied by the weight of responsibility, knowing all that that entails to get your information together for the proposal!

It is interesting as well to connect with each writer and hear the stories of their journeys in their writing career, everything from the “I never wanted to be a writer” perspective but who have multiple books published now, to those who are fulfilling a lifetime dream…. All they wanted to do is see their name in print, having published one book, maybe as a kind of bucket list item to check off the many things they want to fulfill of their dreams in life, to those who are writing out of the trials and painful journeys they have been through and have lived to tell the tale!

It was awesome to get a sneak peak at the whole writing process from start to finish in Steve Laube’s (pronounced ‘lobby’ like the hotel) continuing class this weekend! By the way, he mentioned that those of us who were in his class were supposed to tell everyone we were given a publishing contract from him! (Although it was only to show us what to look for in the agreement of the contract! Lol! Sorry for giving away your secret Steve!) it was awesome to hear him speak with such integrity and concern for the writer, rather than to serve his own agenda, which he mentioned is important to look for when you are interviewing an agent or editor to ensure they ‘mesh’ well with your vision and can help work toward your goals as a writer! We got the opportunity to pitch our book ideas in 40 words or less in the class for the practice and critique of our classmates! Fun exercise!

And then there were the effective blog tips that were extremely useful and the social media tips, and the bookstore, and the faculty one-one appointments were you could ask your specific questions and get advice for your next steps!

All in all it was another exciting and awesome conference, and as one long time attendee mentioned, it’s addictive! Once you start going, you always want to go back the following year! Amen to that! I wholeheartedly agree! Though I am overwhelmed with a flood of content from the incredible material offered this weekend, while I quiet,y sit and absorb it all, the air of excitement for the journey ahead is bubbling up within my heart!

What a great conference! I’m going back next year for sure!

Critiques ARE helpful!

Today I am thinking back to a writer’s conference I went to last May, I think it was.

I had the opportunity at Write Canada, to have the first chapter of my book Found Wanting, critiqued.
I have to say, getting a critique is not an ego boost by any means. But it is an incredibly beneficial experience at any rate to have your work critiqued by those further along in their writing, or by editors, with the intention of helping you better your writing style.

I most appreciated my critique of my first chapter. But what was funny, is that I already felt the same thing, which was helpful to know I was already on the right track!

She mentioned that I had great potential as a writer, but one of my major areas to work on was to choose my audience. She picked up right away that I had already been struggling back & forth as to who I intended to market my book for: who was my audience? This tip was of great help to me. And back then, I was still in the very early drafts of my first chapter, so I knew it wasn’t ready to promote yet anyway, but I figured I may as well take the opportunity early on in my book writing process to get input about whether the subject was interesting enough to market.

I got lots of great pointers at the conference and made some great connections! I intend to go back again this year if I can make it!

I encourage all up and coming writers to check out writer’s conferences, start blogging and to build a platform for your writing through social media, as I was encouraged to do.

One last suggestion she gave me for writing a non-fiction book, which is what I am writing, was to understand how to write good fiction as well because it helps you write better non-fiction!

So much incredible insight, so thankful to have met everyone I did last year, and am forever thankful for the critiques, tips & advice I received last year! Looking forward to another great conference this year!

Here’s a little sample of an early edit of my first chapter of the book which you won’t probably find in my finished product! Lol.

Feel free to ask questions and make comments. But most of all…Enjoy:

“You have been weighed on the scales and found… wanting.” The words were there, written on the wall. The king in all his pomp, his power, his luxury, had been incapacitated, trembling, alarmed by the mysterious hand that appeared and began writing on the plaster of the wall. His knees began knocking together, and his face grew pale. The party with the free-flowing wine was suddenly interrupted, as the king cried aloud, demanding that the wisest men of all of Babylon be brought to him at once to explain the mysterious writing on the wall. What was its interpretation? The words, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. What did they mean?”

“What does it mean? “You have been weighed on the scales and have been found wanting.” Our opening story takes us into the book of Daniel from the bible, exploring a mysterious writing on the wall, setting the course for the remainder of our journey, attempting to uncover the meaning behind this curious judgment, and engaging in a much larger story to discover something about the heart of God. What you are being invited to, throughout the remainder of these chapters, is to become part of an epic journey to understand the grand narrative of the Christian faith.”

“The story begins with the heart of God to create a being in his own image, to know and be known by God, and to be the recipient of a love that was very contagious. It’s the story of mankind, God’s grand design for us, our fall from that original design, and a plan of redemption. So if God is love, why do we find ourselves looking at this same God telling some king that he has been found deficient?”

“The purpose and intent of this book, is to introduce you either for the first time, or all over again, to the good news. But in order to do that, I must first tell a story, which I will attempt to do throughout the remainder of this book. The story must begin with God’s original design. His original intention for mankind, which I will attempt to unpack in the next chapter.
In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at what it means to be found ‘wanting’ or deficient.
The dictionary defines the word ‘deficient’ as: ‘lacking some element or characteristic, defective, insufficient, inadequate, deficient knowledge. One who is mentally deficient.
Perhaps God is maybe trying to get our attention on the fact that something has gone terribly wrong, something is defective, not in proper working order, that needs correction, rather than a harsh judgment that we cannot measure up to his standard? Maybe it isn’t about a standard at all.”

“Come and see the heart of God for you as I paint a picture of this epic love story of a God who desires for you to know him, and desires to lavish his love on you, more than you can possibly imagine.”

There you have it. I pulled a few quotes out of the first chapter (early draft) just to give you a few glimpses of what I’m writing about. They are not in chronological order which will explain why they sound a little choppy. Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading my blog!!

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