KWA Scene Seminar

This Saturday, March 26, was the KWA Scene Seminar with Kirt Hickman, author and speaker, providing detailed discussion from his book, Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness.

Kirt was one of the speakers at last year’s conference but had only two one hour sessions. This year, nearly six hours were devoted to the ideas behind creation of first draft and revision. For all that you know (or think you know) about writing, it is ALWAYS beneficial to hear a different perspective and gain a new comprehension.

This is how it was for me. I sat glued to the steps, understood his concept, and was entirely willing to take a new approach to my writing. I had stated in a previous entry that I was devoting myself this year to editing and revision primarily and not begin any new projects. This seminar was perfect for my intentions and goals this year.

But far beyond that was the gathering. The people, the real human beings, remind you what it means to be a writer. Blogging and social networks do allow a connectivity that is otherwise unavailable in a busy modern world. But actually being with people is a concept that can not ever be replaced.

Since becoming a member of KWA in 2007, I have done more in terms of writing, editing, revision, self-publishing, and networking than I had ever done before in my life. It is due largely to the encouragement that comes from being part of such an organization. If only my work schedule afforded me more of an opportunity…

I will not go there. I am lucky to be able to know some truly unique individuals who also happen to be writers. Many of these people are interesting beyond their literary aspirations. That they are writers just makes them even that much more interesting.

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