Last week I participated in an online writing conference offered through Savvy Authors. It’s not the first time I have attended an online conference, but it did serve as a reminder of how helpful the writing community can be.
While I came away with some valuable knowledge, such as renewed focus in my writing, awareness of my writing strengths and weaknesses, and more writing friends, something happened during those few days that really changed everything for me.
I brainstormed with other writers.
I have never done that before. Not ever. It was during a chat on power plotting. The attendees were asked if there were any plots or scenes they wanted to discuss. I was called upon and I posted the plot of the YA novel I’m working on.
Breathless and shaking, I prayed it wouldn’t be torn apart and shoved back down my throat. Of course, that didn’t happen, but I was still surprised by all the feedback and advice I received that would help strengthen my plot.
Now, I have a complete outline with great turning points that continually raise the stakes for my protagonist. There’s no way I could ever express the depth of my gratitude for their help, but I can pay it forward when the time comes.