Have you ever impulsively raised your hand and volunteered to do something, then later wondered what you were thinking? Yeah? Well, me too!
Last January, at our Sisters in Crime chapter’s board meeting, our president asked if anyone would like to be in charge of our bi-annual mystery writing workshop. I thought about it for all of ten seconds, maybe twelve, then raised my hand and quietly said, “I can do that.”
So in just under three weeks, this is happening:
The major perk of planning an event like this is that I’ve always wanted to take a class from Jess Lourey, mystery author and speaker extraordinaire, so I just, you know, called her and asked her to come. And she said yes!
And I could listen to the ever-entertaining Catriona McPherson describe socks for an hour and a half and it would be one of the best days ever, so of course I tapped her as well. (Luckily, she’s going to talk about writing, not socks, which: EVEN BETTER!)
For a long time, I’d had this vision of teaching a class on brainstorming with one of my BFFs — who was also the inspiration for Brody, the BFF of my main character, destination wedding planner Kelsey McKenna.
We both work in advertising together — me a copywriter and him an art director. Which means our job is to come up with ideas for a living. All the time. Rain or shine. Good mood or bad. In advertising, there’s no “I don’t feel like it.” There’s no writer’s block. You learn how to come up with ideas on demand. And learning how to do that has been the number-one best thing I’ve learned as a writer.
So Brody and I — oops, I mean Gene and I have been planning this class for the last few weeks and between you, me, and the Internet? I can’t wait. I have this vision of us taking the act on the road, spreading our weirdly unique take on writing craft.
Next time I’m up, I’ll let you know how it went. Or if you’re in the Bay Area, come and see us on October 6!
Have time for a quick survey?
The comments section inspired me to create a survey for writers to be used in developing my class. If you’re a writer and have four or five minutes to spare, I’d love to get your insight! Click here to participate.
Readers, do you use brainstorming in your work or in your writing? Does it come naturally or is it hard? And if you were taking a class on brainstorming, what would you want to know?
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