As noted over the last few days, I’m still in Dallas at a writing conference. It’s fun, and I’ve met a lot of people, had some good discussions with various editors and agents, etc.
But here’s what I like most about writing conferences: The other writers.
Whenever two writers get together, they inevitably get around to the magic question, “What are you working on right now?”
Every time you answer that question, your answer get’s a little more focused. Here’s why:
You can be vague when you answer, but if you’re talking to another professional, he or she is going to pin you down a bit and ask the hard questions. Or brainstorm an idea for you. Or give you an analytical technique that you can use to ask yourself the hard questions.
That’s been happening for me a LOT this week. Yesterday after blogging, I sat in on a couple of sessions taught by my buddy John Olson. He was teaching about science fiction and fantasy. And one of the things he harps on always when he teaches that is how to make it a high concept book. Or at least a higher-concept book that it was before.
I’ve been working on a high-concept idea lately. This morning when I woke up, it was clear to me how to make that pesky concept even higher. I talked it through with John, who I’m rooming with, and he really liked it. He thinks it’ll fly. I think it’ll fly.
That’s what I like about writing conferences: talking with other writers and waiting for that magic moment when 1 + 1 suddenly becomes 10.
I’ll be flying home tomorrow, so won’t have time to blog. We’ll reconvene this blog on Monday and pick up on the topic of creating characters. See ya then!