Monday, August 27, 2007
MAUI WRITERS RETREAT DAY 2
10 PM and too late o'clock.
I should be in bed. Actually I should be reading the pages from the other students, write my comments and then go to bed. And doing my homework. Instead I went to the bar with Andy and Joe. We talked about writing novels, finishing novels, premises and what went on today.
This morning John Lescroart talked about the six things you have to consider if you want to create a best selling novel. Two things on the list were write, write and write more and finish your novel.
Our class was spent starting an in depth critique of our work. The writer could not talk until the very end.
The class was positive yet offered many constructive suggestions.
The homework involved those who wrote prologues.
Shorten them up. Make sure they are really prologues. If they aren't then make them chapter 1.
Several members of our class have been tasked with the re writing of their prologues.
This afternoon Ann Hood talked about turning real life into fiction and Gary Braver discussed the ten basic ingredients of a thriller.
And then I went to the bar.
I'm spending a lot of time in the bar.
I can't remember why. It involves something with Bailey's and Coffee.
It has something to do with muses...