You Will Never Know as Little About _____ as You Do Now.

Hello dear readers!  It’s been a while, mostly because I can’t really talk about things in the exciting phase.  I can say that my agent has begun the first round of submissions with my novel, and that it’s going extremely well.  I just need to wait on editors to get back to us about… things.

Hurray!

Mean time, I volunteered at SiWC again this year, and I gotta say it felt different.  Being there knowing an agent is hard at work for me was such a different feeling than being there searching for representation.  It was much nicer.

I got to time appointments with authors, called Blue Pencil Appointments.  It’s where writers sit down with published authors and get the first few pages of their work critiqued.  It was neat to be a part of from a distance; I like to think I’m familiarizing myself with stuff like that now because hopefully soon I’ll be in the author’s seat at conventions like SiWC!

Many writers got tons of good advice over the weekend.

I’m starting a new project, a comedy western.  Need to do something fun.  But you know how much I know about westerns?  Near 0%.  So I had an interesting idea; record everything I think I know about westerns.  Like, before I start my research.  Because I have a perspective that I will never have again (and it goes for just about anything):

I will never know as little about as I do right now.

From here on, I will only know more about westerns.  But I’d love to know what someone who knows nothing about westerns knows about westerns.  So I might as well write it down.  All the archetypes I know, all the plot devices, all the tropes etc.  And then as I do my research I’ll get a better idea of the genre, but still have a record of what “no-knowledge-Heidi” knew.

So, when you begin learning about a thing, take note of what you know before you begin learning, so you can look back and see what a layman knew about the thing!  A highly useful perspective that you won’t be able to have once you begin your quest.

That’s all for now!  I’m working on a list of common mistakes writers make when they’re starting out, and I’ll have that set to auto-update once I get the first entries few finished.

Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi out.

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?

Inspiration comes in so many forms.  The other day I saw this, and it’s been stuck in my brain in the most wonderful way.

I can say with almost 100% certainty that this will be the one and only time I will use the tag “Sick Slide Whistle Solo”.  Fantastic.

And here’s a TED talk on inspiration that I watch whenever I’m having a particularly rough time of it.  Thankfully I haven’t watched it in a while, but it’s good to know it’s there.  It offers a different way of thinking about creativity, and writing specifically.  It’s fantastic.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

So, that’s all for today.  Still trying to get this Cowboys and Werewolves story done.

…but also finding myself plotting out my next book.  I’m quite excited about it; I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.