I’ve never been to the Clarion Workshops, but I’ve known a lot of authors and mentors who have. I have a lot of love for intense workshops because that’s one of the best ways to get the guidance needed to write and keep revising and shaping your work.
That’s part of the reason why I joined the Write-A-Thon and am excited this is going through August 4th. The other reason is because my focus has shifted from work-for-hire to writing on spec. This is unusual for me because it’s been a long time since I’ve worked on my original novels or stories. I started out in a very literary atmosphere in a Creative Writing program. Life (and monetary concerns, coupled with deer-in-headlights I have “no” idea how to move forward with my career) got in the way. Eventually I found myself knee-deep in games, game fiction, and other entertainment-related writing. My work has changed with the tech; I’ve had a few stories included in Kickstarter projects and published an enhanced e-book called “The Queen of Crows.”
But now? I have a day job that supports my ability to write on spec. I have two more stories I’m revising for other people then I’m on to my own work: one novel, and a series of novellas. (My bookkeeping isn’t so great, though, I’ll have to update my word count after this weekend…)
It’s a rough publishing world out there, I know, but part of what Clarion and other places like this provide is a sense of community. We all love to tell good stories and read them. Now we have the chance to share them and get to know one another, too.
Regardless of whether or not you sponsor me, personally, I hope you’ll consider helping someone else in any way you can. The path of a writer is not an easy one, but sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement to boost an author’s morale.
Happy writing (and reading)!