Abandoned Cabin Reading Not Scary At All

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I love a good alternative reading series.  This seems like a good time to thank everyone who participated in the Litwrap readings at 61 Local this year.  We are looking forward to hearing more of your works-in-progress in 2014.

Mostly, there’s just something about getting out of a bookstore and into somewhere with good booze or snacks, that wets the palette for a new kind of story.  Not that box wine doesn’t do it for me sometimes.  It’s just a little variation can open up the mind and also extend the community from the established pro to the working joe. Continue reading Abandoned Cabin Reading Not Scary At All

Agent Kate McKean, On Your Wrimo Draft and the Agent-Writer Relationship

Minolta DSCKate McKean, an agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, sheds some light for LitWrap.
LW: Any advice for aspiring writers who have first drafts from Nanowrimo? What are your thoughts for turning a first draft into a second draft?
KM: I can shed some light here. Your first draft from Nanowrimo should be miles and miles away from what you end up with as your second, third, fourth, etc drafts, until you get to your final draft. Never query a first draft, no matter how excited you are. Let your first draft sit and marinate for a few weeks at least and then dive back in when you’ve forgotten all those wonderful sentences you wrote. Then kill all your darlings, remember what the reader cares about (not the writer) in terms of story and plot, and get back to work. Continue reading Agent Kate McKean, On Your Wrimo Draft and the Agent-Writer Relationship

Five Questions for Alan Watt on Making Your Writing Dreams Come True

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Alan first taught a summer creative writing workshop at UCLA in 1998, and has been teaching and lecturing on the creative process in L.A. and at colleges around the country ever since.  

LW: You must have now met hundreds of people with the desire to tell their stories.  What key differences are there between writers who dream and writers who do? Continue reading Five Questions for Alan Watt on Making Your Writing Dreams Come True