|Ann Hood and Pam Asberry|
Saturday, for example, I subjected the first twenty-five pages of last November's NaNoWriMo manuscript to a critique from a published author at Georgia Romance Writer's Gin Ellis Workshop. This was my first foray into the world of writing for young adults so I was understandably anxious about this critique. Happily, my reviewer proclaimed she thinks I have "a gift" for YA, that my descriptions were "lovely" and that I did an "exceptional job conveying [my heroine's] feelings onto the page." That said, she criticized my slow pacing and encouraged "a more intense connection" between my hero and heroine. I am going to take these suggestions to heart, finish this manuscript, and enter it in this year's Unpublished Maggie Awards.
Then I went to the Atlanta Writers Club and heard author Ann Hood speak on How to Write Through the Land of Sorrow. Her poignant stories resonated with me and inspired me to dig deeper into my own personal experiences and use them to add depth and emotion to my writing. And of course I bought a copy of her latest book, The Obituary Writer. It is now waiting patiently at the top of my TBR pile.
Uncertainty is isn't always comfortable. But I don't need to know exactly where this writing journey is going to take me--because I'm meeting so many wonderful people and learning so much about myself as I travel down the path.