Many of you wanted to know how The Muse Online Writers Conference went this past week. It was overwhelming, but great. I signed up for way too many courses and wasn’t able to participate in many of them. However, a few of the workshops came at the right time.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been struggling with the last quarter of my manuscript. Something just wasn’t feeling right. Then, it hit me. I was using the wrong slant and the wrong killer. Ugh. Yeah. Big problem.
The first romantic suspense I wrote was dark. Most of the r/s I read are dark, but I do read light r/s, too. This manuscript was light. I was okay with that. I really was. In fact, when Allison Brennan told me I’d have to chose between writing dark and light so my publisher would know how to market me and I could create a following, I thought I’d made the right choice. I even went through my other story ideas and found some of them were dark, but some were light. Hey, I could turn the darks into lights, right?
If that’s not my voice, it won’t work. So, back to the drawing board I went. As it turns out, I won’t have to do a lot of changes. The interaction between my hero and heroine will remain the same for the first part of the book anyway. However, because I decided on another killer, I needed some information before I could develop him into a realistic character. That’s where The Muse Online Writers Conference came in handy.
I took two workshops on mental illnesses and was able to get a great sense as to how my killer thinks and how he would evolve during the story. I also was lucky enough to learn how he can murder his victims through a workshop about poisons. So, now it’s a matter of putting this new knowledge to work.
What about you? What did you learn from the conference? What was your favorite workshop and why?