Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Plot Your Retreat: A Message from Wendy


I think everyone, no matter what path they’re on in the writing journey, hates their plot at one point or another. Writing is a lonely road, and sometimes finding the support you need to keep going is hard, especially when you’re just starting out and don’t have your tribe.

That’s why we’re here. I’m Wendy Knight, author of sixteen novels, from middle grade to New Adult, from contemporary romance to Sci-Fi, although YA urban fantasy is my favorite. So far.
 I’ve been writing stories since I was little and could hold those fat crayons that toddlers can’t break, but I just started publishing four years ago and I haven’t looked back since. Well, maybe once or twice. Publishing is hard!

One thing every single one of those books has in common is that at one point, I hated what I was writing. Either it was the plot, or I thought I was horrible (usually it’s this. My husband assures me this is not the case and feeds me chocolate), or the dialogue just wasn’t working, or the characters were ignoring me. There’s always something to fight through, and that doesn’t change no matter how many books I write.

It all started with a tweet. I was complaining (because squeaky wheel…or because I’m whiny. I’m not sure which) on Twitter, and Travis (aka STL), longtime friend whose name I didn’t even realize was Travis until recently, responded…

WK: “I hate my new plot. I need a road trip. Or a writers retreat #writersproblems”
STL: “Perhaps you (or I) or someone can host an online retreat. Writers can come together for chats & discuss likes, hates, & whatever.”
WK: “Oh my gosh that’s the best idea ever! Let’s do it!”

And so this idea was born, and although Travis did all the heavy lifting, I helped a little, too. And we’ve got so many fun things planned! Group sprint sessions, writing prompts, guest bloggers with way more knowledge than I have, Q & A webinars, giveaways and contests, all kinds of things. I’m so excited to have you here and hope that you’ll have as much fun experiencing it as we did planning it.


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