At the annual AuthorU BookCamp this past weekend, Mara Purl asked attendees to bring along a copy of a book that influenced them. Mine was Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides. The brilliance in his descriptions and his dialogue mesmerized me the moment the book covered opened and I fell in. I became a SuperFan in just a few pages, devouring any book that Conroy wrote past and future. They became treasures in my personal library. And as I shared with the attendees, it was on my “read for pleasure” list again this summer. A re-read that would surely have me entrenched once again in the writing artistry of a true craftsman of words.
Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit? –Pat Conroy
Conroy’s influence over fiction authors was huge; it was gigantic over the reading public. He wrote with what he knew—the abusive father, his bellowed South, the shadows of the bullying that his experiences as a kid attending the Citadel, his love of food. He spoke and wrote openingly about his firing as a teacher because he was unconventional and didn’t “follow the rules”—something that can I easily relate to.
Woven is his success was that he never forgot his roots and that successful people follow their instincts and give back. He was an avid supporter of authors and the writing community.
There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss. –Pat Conroy
The beauty of his writing and his stories is that he listened to his inner voice; the one that was seeded in his growing up. His grasp of what was right and what was wrong and then rolling out in words that touched the heart and soul would have readers re-reading passages because they were so chewy.
Mara Purl began the morning with her ending: creating a DECLARATION for you and your book. How it inspires your readers; how people are drawn to your books at book events; that your books are excellent; that they are beautifully published; that your book sells consistently; that it creates a calling to write your next book; create your writing space–one that is yours and doesn’t belong to “someone” else–everything in your space supports YOU; your book stands out, it doesn’t stand alone; the skyline will never be the same without your book!
I loved this. Put what you want, what you envision, in writing. Declare it. Embrace it. Believe it. Work toward it.
On Saturday, we had a Prince revealing tips, tricks and ahas to the writing process. This prince was a she.
Dialogue has nothing to do with facts, everything to do with feelings: the art of fiction. –MaraPurl
Those of you who chose to opt out, thinking you know everything about writing; thinking that a workshop about contained modules on dialogue didn’t apply to them; thinking that they already had enough info in their writing bag of tricks made a mistake.
Author Success needs to be thought of us a spiral … not downward; not flat; but UP. You get it by being engaged and dedicating yourself to learning. Learning from your peers, your competitors, and from those who are masters. Bottom line: just writing a book is risky. Learning is the continuing “aha” moment.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 34 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #34 was published this summer: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers. Get your copy.
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