I only had two panels on Sunday, which is probably a good thing since by then I was truly exhausted. The first panel was ‘The Future’s Not So Bright’, which sounds like a publishing panel when in fact it was about dystopian and post apocalyptic stories. The panel consisted of Janni Lee Simner, Me, Lisa McMann, and Weston Ochse. The one truly interesting thing that came out of this panel was the discussion about the difference between dystopian fiction and post apocalyptic fiction. After many rounds of input, the panel decided that dystopian fiction is something that happens gradually. It starts off seemingly harmless, but before you know it the world has changed and people are being controlled by a ruling power. (Think 1984 by George Orwell.) While a post apocalyptic world tends to be created by something large and destructive. The panel’s over all thoughts were that we are currently slipping into a dystopian society. Cheery right? *ggg
The last panel, which consisted of Allyson James, Gini Koch, J.S. Lewis, Me and Marcy Rockwell was called, ‘Advice for Beginning Writers’. Basically we opened the room up for questions and tried to answer as many as we could. People wanted to know everything from how to get rid of backstory to how to fix flat characterization. There were questions about pacing and show vs tell. I personally recommended a few books such as: On Writing by Stephen King, Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver, Scene and Structure by Jack Bickman, Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card, and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. If you’re wanting to write romance (erotic or not), then Passionate Ink by Angela Knight is a fabulous book. I got a tremendous amount out of it, since Angela started out as a journalist and wrote comic books before coming to romance. Her suggestions will make ANY writing stronger.
I’m heading off to San Francisco to see one of my dear friends, while dh attends the Apple Conference. Will catch you guys once I get back. Play nice while I’m gone. 🙂