By: MaryAnn Sundby
I heard there were scholarships for the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Application details were explained on the website Here, so I applied and within two months I heard a scholarship was awarded for me to attend Thursday, called Prequel Day, of the PPWC. I was thrilled to be with other authors for the day and hear professionals offer time-tested ways to improve our craft.
Two bits of advice I took home from the workshops were: Let your voice come out and polish your writing. Though I’ve heard these before, both are important to hear again as I refine my writing skills.
The voice in my writing comes from my experiences, childhood, and attitudes that flavor each story. As I develop setting, conversation and conflict, that uniqueness flows into my words. I need to encourage this creative side to blossom and capture my reader.
As my stories develop, I edit and edit so the reader does get bogged down with too many words, description or a boring story. I weed through every sentence and paragraph to provide clarity so the story shines. As I polish, the technical side of my writing takes over. It’s as important as the creative side.
Without reservation, I would recommend writers consider attending the PPWC conference next year. You will learn techniques and ideas to improve your writing and will know your time was well spent.