Intelligent writers understand the need to continually hone their craft. It doesn’t matter how many books they’ve had published or how many awards they’ve won. The fact is, intelligent writers don’t rest on their laurels. They continually try to do better.
Writers will have a chance to learn how to do better at the 12th annual Love Is Murder Con being held February 4-6, 2011 in Chicago. Multi-published authors Carolyn Haines and Joan Johnson will share their wisdom and knowledge of the writing business in two multi-hour long master classes.
Joan Johnson has forty-six published novels to her credit. Joan will discuss how suspense and romantic suspense writers can create a multi-book “family series” similar to a series on TV, so readers will come back again and again for the next book–to find out what murder, romance and mayhem occur with the black sheep, the sexy older brother, the misfit, the spoiled daughter, the parents, the ex-wife, etc. etc.
Carolyn Haines says that in three decades of writing, almost everything she’s learned has arrived after much suffering. There are some basic things that can speed a writer along the path to publication or better structured stories. Most books are rejected because of plot or structure failure. By answering a few questions, a writer can shape the story in ways that avoid sagging middles and plot confusion. She’ll discuss these questions and how to apply them. Had someone told me these basic things, she says she would probably have been too hard-headed to listen, but had she listened, she would have saved herself a number of rejections.
You can learn more about these classes at www.loveismurder.net.