Wish You Were Here! …by Susan Lute
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This weekend I’m at Rose City Romance Writers’ Spring Intensive. Wish you were here! There have been industry panels with agents and editors, informal roundtables, workshops on Advanced Writing, Putting More Romance Into Your Publishing, Creating Blogs, Storyboarding Your Career, basket and book giveaways. We’ve learned how to craft a good query letter, and about the internal workings of Entangled Publishing. All with good food, and in the midst of great company.
Take away: Be bold. Be brave. It’s a new world out there in publishing land. And you can choose your own publishing path.
Have you got your coffee (or tea)? I’ve been dying to talk about storyboarding for awhile now. This is a workshop I’ve taught for many years; a technique to focus your thoughts and energy to create a ‘board’ that tells a story. Most writers use this technique to organize their thoughts for the story they’re currently working on, or one or more characters in the story. For the purposes of this post, we’re talking about making a storyboard for our careers, whether that’s being an author, an archeologist, or a teacher <g>.
How is a storyboard put together? First gather your supplies: a poster board cut in half, scissors, glue sticks, tons and tons of magazines, and your highest aspirations. To begin with, clear off a surface, get comfortable, take a slow, deep breath to clear your mind of all previous expectations. With no expectations, and without conscious forethought, cut out pictures from the magazines that spark an interest or response. Even though this is a career storyboard – in this instance, an author board – the pictures that appeal to you will not always have relevance to being a writer. Gather the pictures you’ve chosen, begin pasting them on the board in whatever order that seems pleasing to you. When you are done, you will have a story about you and the possibilities for your future.
This is a fun exercise – time spent discovering a side of yourself you might not know. Be bold. Be brave. Enjoy!
Today is the last day of the Intensive. I’ll go home, and tomorrow, sift through all the information I’ve absorbed. I’ll send out manuscripts requested by agents and editors, and get back on the yellow brick road to a marvelous future.
If you made a story board, what story did it tell you? If you didn’t, what do you see for yourself over the next year?
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Posted on April 1, 2012, in General and tagged author, author board, be bold, be brave, career, focus, publishing, spring intensive, story, storyboarding, Susan Lute, technique, workshops, writer, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.